Gardening Tips and Tricks : The Best Growing Tomatoes – Does Using Seaweed Help Your Tomato Plants?
Many gardeners would agree there is nothing tastier than a tomato freshly picked from the vine. In trying to produce the best growing tomatoes possible, you can avoid the toxins that many store bought tomatoes have been subjected to. You may have wondered if using seaweed (also called kelp) can help your tomato plants.
There are many trace elements in seaweed fertilizers, such as: magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and nitrogen – all of which are beneficial to plants. For people that garden organically, seaweed is a great organic fertilizer to use. Tomatoes require a lot of nourishment, and using a seaweed solution at least every 2 weeks is ideal.
Using seaweed as a fertilizer can help you produce the best growing tomatoes in the following ways:
1) as a growth stimulator, it helps the plants form flowers and fruit
2) helps fend off disease
3) aids the plants through times of stress, such as drought, cold weather, and when transplanting
It is best to spray or water the diluted seaweed liquid solution directly to the leaves, as it is absorbed immediately. Using a seaweed spray routinely also can improve the soil condition and flavor of the tomatoes. Seaweed fertilizer is also available in a granular form that can be distributed and mixed into the top layers of the soil.
Another bonus of using seaweed in the garden is that it is a natural slug repellent. You can mulch with seaweed near the bottom of your tomato plants or at the edge of the beds. If you mulch up to 4 inches thick, it will shrink down to about 1 inch when dry. Because the seaweed is salty and becomes rough when dry, it deters the slugs.
These are just a few of the ways that using seaweed can help your tomato plants. Growing tomatoes can be fun and easy. By exercising a few basics in growing your tomato plants, the end result will prove to be worth the effort!