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Author: Adam Bradley


Tomatoes are popular all over the world and every cuisine has a whole variety of use for the tomato. It is rare to find a restaurant, hotel or resort that does not have a tomato specialty dish. Tomatoes grown in the soil with the full evolution of the vine are extremely rich in flavor. However, in recent years it has become more an more difficult to find well cultivated vegetables and fruits. Commercial tomatoes are harvested almost two weeks before their maturity to keep them firm, so they don't spoil and are easier to transport. There upon, they go into cold storage for weeks where they are kept in ethylene chambers to help them acquire color along with assisting the process of final ripening. This is the reason why tomatoes from the supermarket have that luscious, smooth, red and thick skin, yet have little or no tradition tomato flavor.

Growing hydroponic tomatoes yourself might be difficult to start with but a bit of investment in time and money will reap you tasty, juicy tomatoes which you can really enjoy. Hydroponics is an intensive, complicated system of cultivation whereby we use artificial lighting and grow plants without soil. The nutrients that the tradition soil provides are given to the plant through a water solution mixed with nutrients that the roots can easily absorb. Even the Ph of the water solution is carefully maintained. The two important environmental conditions here is water and lighting. Each very important in determining the tomato yield of the plant. The hydroponic tomatoes are so tasty and healthy that most people pay extra to buy them as compared to the commercial, soil grown, yet tasteless tomatoes.

Growing hydroponic tomatoes requires additional extra care in the beginning. Tomatoes like all growing plants need alternate light and dark periods, (day and night) hence you will need to use artificial lighting with a timer. This can prove advantageous because you can give your tomatoes some extra light during cloudy days. Keeping the tomato plants near a large window sill is ideal to give them sunlight when available. Potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients that plants usually absorb from the soil should be given as fertilizers which the tomato plants can absorb through the roots. Interestingly the absence of soil means many of the pests, insects and other harmful organisms that harm plants are eliminated straightaway. This removes the need to use any harmful chemicals to kill those insects.

There are two types of water solution systems, open or non-recovery systems and closed or recovery systems. In the open systems, the water nutrient solution is not reused whereas in closed systems additional solution is replenished and reused. This is more economical than the normal soil gardening as it ensures nutrients are not wasted. Another advantage of hydroponic systems is the fact that since the tomato plants directly absorb the nutrient rich water through their roots, they don't need a lot of it for energy creation, which means most of it can be used for the growth of plants leading to a bigger yield. Hydroponic tomatoes, grown in rich nutrients and properly controlled conditions of light are tastier, healthier and produce more and better quality fruit.

About the author: Adam Bradley just wanted some great tasting tomatoes! His family had so much fun "tomato farming" it got out of hand. When people began asking for advice, he used first hand knowledge and research to offer tips on growing hydroponic tomatoes. Read more here: http://tomatogardencenter.com/cultivate-hydroponic-tomatoes. He invites anyone who would like some great tips, to his free Mini-Course on growing tomatoes: http://www.tomatogardencenter.com.


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