Tomato Plants

Adding Sugar

olliecon1 added on April 13, 2011 | Answered

I have heard that adding sugar to the soil when planting tomatoes will make them sweeter. Is there any truth to this?

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Answered on April 16, 2011

Not exactly. Sugar can help the tomato plant grow roots a little better. The sugar (much like in people) acts like a quick energy boost to the plant and can help give a quick shot to help grow roots. More roots means a healthier plant and this means better tasting fruit.

But, just like people, too much sugar can hurt the plant, so use this trick sparingly.

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