Here's a promise:
If you decide to try growing hydroponic tomatoes, you'll be able to produce tomatoes that EASILY compare to the best summertime garden tomatoes you've ever eaten.
A brash claim?
I have quite a bit of experience growing tomatoes hydroponically. I've been growing them on a commercial scale for more than 10 years.
And I know from experience that I can reliably produce top-quality tomatoes using hydroponic growing techniques.
They regularly say things like:
One time when I was making a delivery to an upscale grocery store, the produce manager pulled me aside and said: "I've been in this business a long time. And I don't know how you do it, but these are the BEST tomatoes I've ever sold, and my customers are going nuts over them!"
Another time, a produce manager at a different store told me: "My wife is a tomato connoisseur. She absolutely loves tomatoes, but she doesn't care much for the tomatoes we usually have available for sale. She told me in no uncertain terms that I'd better keep buying your tomatoes, because they are the best she's ever eaten in her life!"
After more than 10 years of growing hydroponic tomatoes, I'm quite accustomed to hearing such things. But I certainly haven't tired of it!
That's what you're wondering, right?
You're thinking: "If a hydroponic tomato is really so good, then what makes it so good? What's the BIG SECRET in producing such supposedly superior tomatoes?"
Well, it's really no secret at all. It's just a blending of science and nature.
Mother Nature has given us tomato plants. And tomato plants - just like any other living organism - have certain nutritional and environmental requirements.
The closer you can come to providing the plants with the full range of nutrients that Mother Nature intends them to have, the closer you'll be to having plants that produce to their full potential - both in quantity and quality.
And that's the advantage that hydroponic gardening gives you: The ability to precisely control the nutrients that you give to your plants. In turn, your plants will produce to the maximum potential designed into them by nature.
Tomatoes that taste as good as they possibly can. And tomatoes that are packed with the full range of nutrients that nature intends them to deliver to your body when you consume them.
I've met lots of people who are skeptical about hydroponic tomatoes (until they taste mine!).
It's because they've had a bad experience with them. They bought some in a grocery store (often labeled as 'hothouse tomatoes'), paid a LOT for them, and to put it mildly, were quite unimpressed.
And more than a little disappointed.
I know. I've had some of those tomatoes too.
But here's why those grocery store tomatoes are so bad: They were picked green! They had to be, to stand up to the beating of being shipped for hundreds or thousands of miles.
In fact, they were probably picked green and then gassed with Ethylene, a ripening agent that turns them red. But it doesn't give them flavor.
The advantage of hydroponics doesn’t extend far enough to permit harvesting the fruit green. No matter how they're grown, tomatoes must be allowed to ripen on the vine.
Mother Nature must be permitted to add her finishing touch!
By growing hydroponic tomatoes in a greenhouse, you can enjoy top-quality tomatoes the year round.
As I write this, it's a dark, dreary day in the middle of February. Springtime is but a distant dream. And yet there are lots of beautiful, sun-ripened tomatoes in my greenhouse just waiting to be picked.
I grow my tomatoes in a large greenhouse. But anyone with a bit of space in the backyard could grow tomatoes just as well in a small hobby greenhouse.
And I'll tell you this: Slicing into a just-picked, vine-ripe tomato, savoring the tomato-ey aroma and burst of tangy sweetness - that's a sure cure for the wintertime blues!