My tomatoes split at the top. What causes this, and is it ok to water every other day? Is Miracle Grow a good fertilizer, and can you apply it directly to the plant itself without harming it? Also, is there a pesticide that a person can use for the tomato worm?
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When growing tomato plants, it’s important that you fertilize the ground, as to avoid burning the plants. Commonly referred to as hornworms--many of these insects can be easily removed by hand or with the use of soapy water sprays (mixture of liquid ivory soap, water and vegetable oil). Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) can be sprayed on the plants. This insecticide attacks the digestive system of the insects but is not harmful to humans or plants, so using it on tomatoes is safe. Dusting tomato plants with red pepper will also help to deter the tomato worms.
I ve used miracle grow dissolved in water on my tomato plants once a week. I also use something called "bacillus theralingus" BT ask 4 BT at feed stores. This is a natural product and kills t-worms ASAP .