This is a warm-season vegetable crop, sensitive to frost and killed by freezing temperatures. Growth requires temperatures between 10 and 30 °C, and the plants will not develop properly if temperatures exceed 35°C.
Tomatoes prefer well-drained, mediumtextured soils with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0. Tomato plants are fairly resistant to salinity, and cherry tomatoes actually develop a sweeter flavor when grown in soils with moderate salinity levels.
Tomatoes require large quantities of potassium and calcium. Potassium is consumed at a rate approx. 80% higher than nitrogen. Calcium deficiency
inevitably produces blossom-end rot in the fruit.