As your Click & Grow mini tomatoes begin to ripen, it’s normal that they become a little heavy for the plant. You may notice the plant is leaning to one side and appearing to fall over. If that’s the case, you’ll be pleased to know there’s a really simple solution called ‘staking’. It’s an easy, effective way to give your plant some physical support.
How to stake your mini tomato plant
1. Find some reed stalks, chopsticks or grill sticks.
2. Insert a stick on either side of your plant to hold it upright. Position the plant so it leans on the sticks.
3. If necessary, use a piece of string to gently secure the plant to the sticks.
For a visual guide, check out our tutorial:
That’s all there is to it! Staking is great for mini tomato plants but can also be used for any other plant that won’t grow straight.
If you haven’t grown Click & Grow mini tomatoes or yellow mini tomatoes before, there are a few useful things to keep in mind. We recommend keeping the room temperature between 20°C - 35°C. You can speed up germination by raising the room temperature to 26°C. Here’s a timeline of what to expect when growing mini tomatoes in your indoor garden:
7 - 21 days: Sprouts appear. Remember to thin your pods to 1 seedling. This ensures the plant has sufficient space, light and nutrients to grow.
22 - 39 days: This is a good time to stake your plants as it will help them grow upwards and prepare to bear heavy fruit.
40 - 60 days: Your plant’s yellow flowers will start to appear - remember to pollinate them! Do this by gently shaking your plants to mimic a bee. You could also use your finger or a small brush to carry pollen from one blossom to the next.
61 - 72 days: You may notice some yellow petals falling off. This is perfectly normal - not every flower will become a fruit.
73 - 89 days: Green tomatoes may start to grow during this time. They won’t turn red until they’re fully formed.
90 - 110 days: Your mini tomatoes will ripen during this time. Once they’re red, they’re ready to eat, although the taste becomes even sweeter if you let them ripen for another 1-2 weeks. After this, the plant will naturally begin to degrade as it’s fulfilled its purpose.
Enjoy every bite of your mini tomatoes knowing they’re a natural source of fiber, potassium, lycopene and vitamins A, C and K. Additional info on Click & Grow mini tomatoes can be found here and on the Click & Grow mobile app.