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The plants category is the place for general discussions about plants and crops. This is a great place to ask for crop recommendations, as well as get help with what you’re currently growing.

Hi folks!

I’m working in Chinandega, Nicaragua with some local farmers. We’re hoping to grow tomatoes, and I was wondering if anyone has good resources on growing organic tomatoes. Here are some of the questions I have:

  1. What’s the best spacing for trellised tomatoes? We’re planning on pruning to one lead.
  2. General fertilizer recommendations? Tomatoes are heavy feeders, and we’re working on doing some soil tests, but I’d love more about what the specific needs of the tomato plant are (NPK, micro- and macro- nutrients, timing of fertilizer… should we change fertilizers once they start producing flowers, etc. etc.).
  3. How to avoid tomato splitting in the rainy season? Is it just best to grow tomatoes in hoop-house conditions?

Thanks so much, in advance, for your willingness to help!