The tomato is an herbaceous, sprawling plant that is typically cultivated for the purpose of harvesting its fruit. Savory in flavour and accordingly termed a vegetable, the fruit ripens to a distinctive red colour. The plant often vines over other plants typically reaching heights from 1–3 metres.

Tomatoes come in two major types: bush or vine. Bush tomatoes are more compact, with many spreading or trailing side branches. The bush variety ripens much quicker than vine tomatoes.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Tomato plants need a site that is open to full sun and require warmth to germinate

    They require about a three month growing season and adapt to all climate zones in Australia.

    It is a perennial, often grown outdoors in temperate climates as an annual.

    They thrive in deep, well drained, medium textured soil such as loams, but can also be grown on various types of soil.

    Soils should have good drainage and be at least 30cm deep.

    Tomatoes are rather frost susceptible.

    Vine tomatoes produce much larger fruit and tend to be successfully grown in greenhouses.

    Tomato plants have a weak, woody stem which is usually staked for support or grown over a trellis.

    Tomatoes require regular feeding and watering.

    Organic mulch can be used around the base of tomato plants to stop water evaporating and to help retain moisture.

    Plants should be sown in early spring and kept under cover if frosts are likely. Otherwise you can plant out in late spring to early summer.

    Spacing between plants may vary anywhere from 45-90cm depending upon variety, humidity, nutrients and water supply. Some dwarf varieties may require smaller distances.

    Tomatoes are ideal for use in containers, hanging baskets and garden or patio locations where space may be limited.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Seed Bed

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1+ cup (200-300g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 2 - 3kg/10m row

    Comments: Broadcast and work in. Apply 2-3 weeks prior to planting. Most tomato crops are now planted from nursery grown seedlings.


    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½-¾ cup (80-150g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1 - 2kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply 7-10 days prior to planting nursery grown seedlings in a furrow as a band 10-12cm deep and 10cm wide. May also be applied in a 0.6-1m strip and incorporate with a rotary hoe.


    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (100g)/m² 

    Commercial Use: Up to 1.2kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply one week after the first hand or cluster of tomatoes start to develop. Provide another side dress a fortnight after you notice the first ripe tomato and then repeat one month later. Water the side dressings in with at least 15mm of irrigation.
    If harvesting is prolonged or if heavy rains fall during harvesting period, apply nitrogen in the form of urea at 40 – 80kg/Ha.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.