Sunmaster Plant Care: How To Grow Sunmasters In The Garden

Sunmaster Plant Care: How To Grow Sunmasters In The Garden

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Sunmaster tomato plants are grown especially for climates with hot days and warm nights. These super hardy, globe-shaped tomatoes produce juicy, sweet, flavorful tomatoes, even when daytime temperatures exceed 90 F. (32 C.). Interested in growing Sunmaster tomatoes in your garden this year? Read on and learn how.

About Sunmaster Tomatoes

Sunmaster tomato plants are resistant to various diseases, including fusarium wilt and verticillium wilt. They tend to be firm and blemish free.

Be sure to install supportive stakes, cages or trellises at planting time. Sunmaster tomato plants are determinate, which means they are bushy plants that produce fruit for a generous harvest all at once.

How to Grow Sunmasters

Successful Sunmaster tomato plant care requires at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. However, the plants will tolerate a little shade in the hottest part of the afternoon.

Place a generous layer of mulch around Sunmaster tomato plants. Organic mulch such as bark, straw or pine needles will conserve moisture, deter growth of weeds and prevent water from splashing on the leaves. Mulch is your best friend if you live in a hot climate, so be sure to replenish it as it decomposes or blows away.

Water Sunmaster tomato plants with a soaker hose or drip system at the base of the plant. Avoid overhead watering, as wet leaves are more susceptible to tomato diseases. Water deeply and regularly. However, avoid watering excessively, as too much moisture may cause splitting and may also dilute the flavor of the fruit. As a general rule, tomatoes need about 2 inches (5 cm.) of water in hot climates and about half that if the weather is cooler.

Withhold fertilizer during extremely hot weather; too much fertilizer can weaken plants and make them more susceptible to damage by pests and disease.

Avoid pruning Sunmaster and other determinate tomatoes; you may reduce the size of the harvest.

If the weather is hot at harvest time, pick Sunmaster tomatoes when they’re slightly unripe. Put them in a shady spot to ripen.

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