Livingston County, Michigan
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A resident is growing cherry tomatoes in pots in soilless mix inside his home. He read in a guide to growing tomatoes ("Tomato Plant Master" by Yara?) that adding excess nitrogen while the plants are fruiting will make the tomatoes "puffy" instead of nice and firm. I believe the same guide said that he should reduce nitrogen before or as the plants begin to flower.
His questions are:
Should the nitrogen that he is adding to the tomato pots (as part of a fertilizer mix) be reduced before or as the tomato plants begin to flower, or can he continue the same fertilizer regime that he was using during the vegetative growth stage?
Is there any truth to the idea that the tomatoes will become "puffy" if the plants are given excess nitrogen during the fruiting stage?
Some additional background: As was mentioned, the resident is growing cherry tomatoes in a soilless potting mix inside his home. He seems to try to use only organic products. He mixed organic compost into the pots and adds compost tea once a week. His fertilizer regime is to add a dry, solid organic fertilizer (Dr. Earth) to the pots once every two weeks, at a rate of about 1 tsp. per gallon. This organic fertilizer includes ingredients such as bone meal and kelp meal. If he was going to reduce the nitrogen, he could add less of the same solid fertilizer mix, or use other separate nutrient sources. Seaweed extract was mentioned.
The resident would appreciate specifics on how nitrogen affects tomato plant and fruit growth and how best to apply fertilizer in his indoor-plant growing situation.
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