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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Tie In Main Stems

Tomato plants need to be regularly tied in to a sturdy support. Make a figure-eight knot using twine, tying tightly around the support, and loosely around the plant stem, to allow room for growth.

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Nip Out the Top

You can help the plant put all its energy into ripening the fruits by preventing it from putting on too much growth. After outdoor plants have set four trusses of fruits, and greenhouse plants six, nip out the top shoot with your fingers.

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Fruiting and Harvesting

Tomatoes are best when picked fully ripe, but you are likely to have some green tomatoes at the end of the season. Cutting back on watering can help shock the plant into ripening the fruits. If it is getting cold and your tomatoes must be har-vested, pull up the whole plant and hang it by its roots somewhere cool and dark to finish ripening.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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