Tomato Growing Grow Bag Guide
There is a popular belief that tomatoes are vegetables but what I found to be interesting is that although tomatoes are considered to be a vegetable its actually a fruit. This staple food is used in so many recipes, whether preparing that delicious meal from the home kitchen or dining out (restaurants) it is clear that tomatoes have found their way into the hearts of people worldwide.
It’s believed that tomatoes’ origin stretches back as far as around “700 A.D during the time of the early Aztecs, it’s also recorded that around the 16th century the Europeans were first introduced to tomatoes when the early explorers set sail to discover new lands”.
Tomatoes, (Solanum lycopersicum) is a flowering plant in the nightshade family, there are said to be more than 30 species of tomatoes. China is by far the largest tomato grower in the world.” in 2018 China produced approximately 61.5 million tons, India came in second with 19. 3 million tons, and the USA came in third with 12.6 million tons”.
Tomatoes can be grown from a home garden or containers however we will be discussing how to successfully grow and care for tomatoes in grow bags. Want to know more about how this is done then continue reading to find out, but before we continue with growing tomatoes in grow bags what we want to look at first is what is a grow bag.
Grow Bags for Tomatoes
Grow bags are usually made from felt or other non-woven pressed fabric, these fabrics have tiny holes in them that allow the air to circulate freely. This air that circulates freely helps the roots of plants to absorb or take up water and nutrients from the soil easily. What I love about grow bags is they’re strong and can be reused making Grow Bags a Great Investment. What is also amazing about grow bags are as the tomatoes’ roots beings to spread and touch the edges of these bags the roots offshoot in new fibrous hair growth because of the grow bag’s texture that helps the tomatoes’ roots to root prune which will encourage a healthy root system. Grow bags are great for those who don’t have the space if you have a balcony, a porch, patio, live in an apartment, or seeking to garden from a small location or it may be a location where the soil is hard to work with then grow bags are the key.
What you will need
- Determinate Tomato Plant or Seeds
- Your grow bag/grow bags depend on the number of tomatoes that are intended to grow
- Organic potting mix-this type of potting mix will hold the right amount of water but will allow excess water to drain. This potting mixture will also help the tomato plant to absorb and retain fertilizers.
- Organic fertilizer
- 1 Tbsp Epsom Salt
Grow Bags for Tomatoes
1. Location is so important, the best area to place your grow bag/bags is an area that gets lots and lots of sunlight.
2. Now open the grow bag and add the organic potting mix, the first amount of potting mixture should be about 3-4 inches. Make sure to press the soil firmly around the base.
3. When planting your tomato plant in a grow bag plant a little deeper in the soil, the reason for this is the stems will sprout roots encouraging a stronger and healthy plant.
4. If sowing seeds directly do so when the bag is 3/4 inch filled with the organic mix.
5. Once the grow bag is halfway full add some water.
6. Continue to add the organic mixture around your tomato plant.
7. Apply organic fertilizer and Epsom salt around the base of the plant, the Epsom salt will help to protect your tomato plant against blossom rot while the organic fertilizer will supply the needed nutrients.
8. Continue to add the organic mix until the grow bag is full.
9. Adding 2 inches of mulch (optional) can help to retain moisture.
It can take anywhere from 70 to 75 days before reaping a harvest.
Note: Water may tend to dry out faster because of the texture of grow bags, therefore, it is important to check the soil daily, the soil should be somewhat moist not waterlogged or water-saturated which can lead to root rot.
The final word on growing tomatoes in grow bags
The use of grow bags is a great way to grow tomatoes and other plants if you don’t have the space, these bags have proven to get the job done. I believe that Grow Bags makes a Great Investment so go ahead and Order Your Grow Bags Now and join the many who are having Much Success by gardening in a bag. I PROMISE You, You will be so Happy with the Results as these Bags Goes to Work for you by Helping You to Reap a Good harvest.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.