Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
reply to post by VoidHawk
Tomato plants are heavy feeders.
I feed mine twice a month when I remember....keeps the plants as healthy as possible to prevent disease and bugs.
In the US we have an organic fertilizer for tomatoes....but I would guess an organic veggie fertilizer would work too.
As for the pictures....not something I've encountered.
Tomato plants are very heavy feeders indeed, however if you use a local (USA/State approved fertilizer) feed like Miracle Grow which is common, but not as good as it used to be, it will flourish somewhat as it is heavily chemically processed, meaning, the nutrients are not organic in their procurement and probably contain many derivatives of sodium...such as sodium phosphate, which is not good and inflate your fruits and veggies to look huge with no significant nutritional value.
Simply feeding every 60-90 days or so is not the ultimate answer. Feeding everything your plant needs will most certainly produce a great fruit/vegetable/flower, but it WILL NOT ward off any common pest what so ever...period! A great fertilizer rich in phosphates and potash in the "Bloom/Fruiting/Flowering" phase is of course essential, but when it comes to pests...boy oh boy you have to be armed to the tee....and I really mean that. Fighting off pest that attack your food is worse than fighting the Taliban (sarc of course).
Anyone of us should (including me) educate ourselves as much as poosible when growing food, especially organic food as it is not as easy as it seems (meaning you can't grow organics with chemical nutes and expect great results...it's just not healthy, especially when growing in soil). It is not as simple as most think. As a matter of fact, it is quite the daunting feet when you give it a go. You can succeed, but it takes determination, patience and a hell of a lot of detail and practice when you grow food "organically". Just "simply" feeding the proper nutirents is only a 1/4 at best of the whole process.
BTW, I won't even get into seeds, propagating or cloning...that's a whole other thread on organic growing.
I would like to add that my specialty (as I do this for a living and this is how I pay my bills) is growing hydroponically or aquaponics.