Hydroponic Tomato Production

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Author Jack Ross

INTRODUCTION
For greenhouse growers and hobbyists alike, hydroponics has become recognised as a way of producing tomatoes with flavour. Hydroponic Tomato Production looks comprehensively at the range of soilless techniques available and how to manage them successfully. Jack Ross compares different media, nutrient levels and irrigation regimes and includes the results of numerous experimental research trials into tomato cultivation.

Chapters on the physiology of tomatoes, nutrient and pH requirements, growth factors, pests & diseases, harvesting and packaging also feature. The book includes a listing of 20 of the best tomato varieties for hydroponic production in containers, and how to grow them successfully.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1. THE REAL TOMATO
– What have they done to the tomato?
– Origin of the tomato
– What went wrong?
– In quest of a better tomato
– Sensory evaluation

Chapter 2. THE NUTRITIOUS TOMATO
– Composition
– Concern with nutrition
– Protein
– Minerals
– Vitamins
– Fibre
– Salt
– Acidity
– Sugars

Chapter 3. SOILLESS GARDENING
– How it began
– Advantages and disadvantages
– Types of systems
– Automatic feed systems
– Supply tanks
– The hydroponic process
– Nutrient solution reticulation
– Growing tomatoes in space

Chapter 4. NUTRIENTS
– Essential elements
– Deficiency and toxicity
– The nutrient solution
– Nutrient uptake
– Selecting a mixture
– Application of nutrient solutions
– pH and conductivity
– Water
– Reclaimed wastewater

Chapter 5. MEDIA AND CONTAINERS
– Growing media
– Buffering
– Housekeeping
– Sterilization
– Types of containers
– Vertical columns

Chapter 6. GROWTH FACTORS
– Growth and development
– Photosynthesis and light
– Respiration
– The leaf
– The stem
– The root system
– Aeration
– Aerated feed systems
– Meeting the oxygen demand
– Heat and temperature
– Seeds and seedlings
– Pruning and supporting
– Greenhouse cultivation

Chapter 7. THE FRUIT
– Flowers and fruit
– Fruit quality
– Fruit splitting
– Storage
– Grading
– Packaging

Chapter 8. VARIETIES AND TYPES
– Shapes and sizes
– Colour and taste
– Seasonal cropping
– Type selection
– Maturity periods
– Resistance to disease
– Preserving heirlooms
– Hybrids and standards
– Grafted tomatoes
– Popular varieties
– Desirable characteristics
– Yield characteristics in containers

Chapter 9. PESTS AND DISEASES
– Soilless culture not immune
– Management
– Seeds and seedlings
– Pests
– Diseases

Chapter 10. TOMATOES FOR COMMERCIAL PROCESSING
– Production
– Agronomy extension service
– Desirable properties
– Processing

APPENDIX. TOMATO VARIETIES FOR HYDROPONICS

SPECIFICATIONS
Pages: 208
Size: 210mm x 275mm
Weight: 625 grams

Price: $39.95$29.95
 
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