Best Tomatoes for Sandy Soil?

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    saucelover
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    We were born and raised in WV and are blessed with great growing seasons and wonderfully rich soil but my sister just moved to South Florida and is having a real problem getting her tomatoes to grow properly.
     
    She’s tried following the advice of her local Home Depot Gardening Center people but just can’t seem to get her plants to thrive. Does anybody have any advice about how she can get the same beautifully juicy fruits that she’s used to? I’d love to help her out!

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    happychicken
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    Your sister need to “feed the soil, not the plants.” It takes time to develop good soil in South Florida and then there is the heat and humidity. First the dirt;  she needs to add lots of organic material, compost, humus, peat, even chopped up partially decomposed leaves. It will take several seasons but eventually she will see a dirt quality rather than sand. Also you don’t say how close she is to the coast. More coastal soils likely contain salt which is a whole new issue.

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    saucelover
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    As the crow flies, she’s only about 10 minutes from the coast. She doesn’t really have any dirt at all, but rather sand.
     
    She’s started some plants in planters and is keeping them on her lanai in an attempt to create better conditions for them to grow but this obviously isn’t the ideal situation because she wants to grow enough to can.
     
    Her first couple of   plants yielded fruit that looked really nice but were mealy and just didn’t have the flavor that she was used to, even though she was using the same hybrids that we’ve used for years. Now that she got them to grow, she’s trying to figure out how to make them grow deliciously.
     
    Thanks for your input, happychicken!

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