Bag Up Some Tomatoes

Tomatoes grow very successfully in grow bags in a greenhouse or oudoors. Crops can be improved by inserting bottomless pots full of soil into the grow bag to increase the volume for better root growth.

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Buy young plants in late spring, or sow seed indoors earlier in the season.

When to Start: Mid-spring
At Their Best: Early autumn
Time to Complete: 2 hours over a few months

Varieties to Try

'Black Russian'
'Gardener's Delight'
'Marmande'
'Shirley'
'Summer Sweet' F1
'Sungold' F1

Materials Needed:

  • two tomato plants
  • grow bag
  • two plastic pots
  • Stanley knife
  • some extra soil
  • stake (bamboo cane or chestnut stake)
  • garden twine

Cut Out Holes

Cut the bottom off the pots, then place them on the grow bag and cut around them. Push the pots into the bag and fill them up with the spare soil.

Prepare a Grow Bag for Tomato PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant Into the Pots

Plant one tomato per pot at the same level as it was growing in its container. Plant straggly plants a little deeper. This encourages new roots to form along the buried stem, helping stabilize the plants.

Re-Potting Tomato PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pinch Out Sideshoots

As the plants grow, small sideshoots appear off the main stem. These should be removed as soon as possible because they will take energy away from the ri-pening fruits. When they are small, simply pinch them out with your fingers.

Remove Side Shoots on Tomato PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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