How to grow the tastiest tomatoes

There’s nothing like the flavour of home-grown tomatoes. Picked fresh from the vine, they’re aromatic, juicy and packed full of flavour.

Best of all, growing tomatoes is easy and fun. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Buying tomato seedlings
  2. Growing tomatoes in the garden
  3. Growing tomatoes in pots

exclamation-icon@2x.png Choosing your tomatoes

Tomatoes are undoubtedly one of the most satisfying home grown vegies (or fruits) and provide ample reward for effort. In fact, they have the highest yield for the amount of space they occupy, mainly because they grow up!


Growing tomatoes from seedlings or grafted seedlings is the easiest way to get started. Look for:

  • Strong seedlings with healthy foliage
  • F1 (first generation hybrids) and grafted tomatoes that have superior disease resistance.
    This information will be clearly printed on the label.
  • Varieties that will give you what want.
    If you like smaller salad tomatoes, try growing cherry or grape tomatoes; if you want to make passata, look for larger growing tomatoes like ‘Beefsteak’ or Mortgage Lifter’.

light-bulb-icon@2x.png How to grow tomatoes in the garden

Prepare for planting:

Find a position in full sun and prepare the soil prior to planting. Improve the soil  by mixing organic material like compost and organic fertiliser into the soil. Water the seedling prior to planting.

Choose a place in the garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day, preferably protected from the wind.


Gather your supplies:
To plant and grow tomatoes in the garden, you will need:

  • A shovel
  • Trowel
  • Tomato hoop or stake
  • Tomato seedlings

Step 1

Make a hole in the prepared garden bed large enough for the seedling and its complete root ball

Step 2

Carefully tap the seedling out of the pot, trying to keep as much of the potting mix around the seedling's roots as possible. Carefully place the plant in the hole, making sure it is at the same depth as it was in the pot

Step 3

Backfill around the seedling, pressing the soil down firmly to hold it in place
Water in generously with a solution of Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Plant Food to settle it in

Step 4

Insert a stake or tomato hoop, ready for tomato training

Step 5

Apply snail and slug pellets to protect the young tender seedlings.

NOTE: Tomatoes should be spaced at 50-60cm intervals
, to give them room to grow. Do not overcrowd.

Here’s a few extra tips for tasty home-grown tomatoes:

  • Water plants regularly. Consider installing an automatic irrigation system. If this is not an option, water in the morning and try to avoid wetting the foliage
  • Apply a liquid seaweed solution to seedlings to improve their frost tolerance while young

light-bulb-icon@2x.png Growing tomatoes in pots

Prepare for planting:
Tomatoes are one the best crop for pots, growing just as well in pots as they do in garden beds. Find a suitable pot, large enough for the full sized plant, and water your tomato seedling prior to potting up.


Gather your supplies:
To plant and grow tomatoes in pots, you will need:

  • A 40cm pot for each tomato
  • A trowel
  • Premium potting mix for vegetables and herbs
  • Tomato hoop or stake
  • A tomato seedling

Step 1

Clean your pot and water the tomato seedling prior to repotting

Step 2

Fill the pot with potting mix.
Make a hole in the centre of the mix large enough for the seedling plus its root ball

Step 3

Carefully place the seedling in the hole. Make sure it is at the same depth as it was in the pot.
Backfill around the plant, pressing the potting mix down firmly

Step 4

Water in generously with a solution of Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Plant Food to settle it in
Insert a stake or tomato hoop, ready for tomato training

More tips for growing tomatoes in pots:

  • Place in an area with at least 6 hours of full sun and protect from cold winds
  • Water daily or more often in hot dry weather
  • Apply a water soluble fertiliser for tomatoes (with added calcium to prevent blossom end rot) fortnightly throughout the growing season to keep plants healthy

Tips, tricks & advice

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Other products you might need

Scotts Osmocote® Professional Vegetable, Tomato & Herb Mix


A specially formulated potting and planting mix for vegetables, tomatoes and herbs in pots, gardens and in raised beds and planter boxes.

Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Plant Food


A nutrient-rich, pure organic smart liquid that gently releases fertiliser over 4-6 weeks. Your garden will flourish with this premium seaweed product that comes in a handy Hose-on as well as a Concentrate

Scotts Osmocote® Plus Trace Elements: Vegetable, Tomato, Herb & Garden Beds


A twice-a-year fertiliser that promotes flowering and fruiting of annuals, perennials, bulbs, vegetables, herbs and tomatoes

Defender™ Snail & Slug Pellets


There's nothing so disappointing as checking on your latest vegetable and flower seedlings to find half of them gone! The usual suspects are snails and slugs. Tried and true Defender pellets will soon have them under control .

Scotts Pure Organic Vegetable & Herb Premium Plant Food


A premium blend of 100% natural nutrients means you can give your vegetables and herbs all the nourishment they need. You’ll have luscious tasty food you can share while feeding your garden the natural way.