I have tomato plants in a raised garden. I would like to inquire what plant...

Asked June 7, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

I have tomato plants in a raised garden. I would like to inquire what plant food I should use to obtain bushy plants along with flowers. In the past I have experienced tall plants but not much bushiness and yellowing of the leaves when using certain products on the market. The plant just withered away prematurely.

Butler County Ohio tomato care

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Hello - Thank you for your inquiry. You need to choose a fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus (second number on the bag) to produce fruit. If you put a fertilizer that is higher in Nitrogen (first number listed on bag) you will produce green leafy plants and not as much fruit. I would also mention to make sure you are rotating your solanaceous crops to keep diseases down in the soil. To read more about rotating and fertilizing tomatoes check out this fact sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/pdf/1624.pdf.