YOUR TOMATO GROWER INCLUDES:
- 1 planter
- 1 water reservoir platform
- 3 brackets for support structure (tomato cage)
- 12 upright rods for support structure
- 4 circular connectors for support structure
- 1 Red Cherry Tomato seed packet
GETTING STARTED: CHOOSING THE RIGHT SETUP
The Tomato Grower can be set up in two different ways according to your gardening needs. It can be used as an all-in-one grower's pot outside in the garden, or as a tidy self-watering unit on a porch or patio where excess water is a concern.
Holes can be drilled in the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage when watering from the top-down; the reservoir platform acts as a barrier to keep the plant safe from ground-dwelling pests. The bottom of the Tomato Grower has eight pre-marked circles to use as a guide when drilling drainage holes. Be sure to use a sharp drill bit to avoid cracking the bottom of your planter.
PATIO / PORCH USE:
The self-contained water reservoir allows you to keep your tomato plant consistently watered without the mess. To water using reservoir, use watering can or garden hose to add water through the rectangular opening in side of planter. Add water as needed to keep soil consistently moist.
STEP 1: REMOVE ALL CONTENTS FROM THE TOMATO GROWER
Add potting soil, leaving approximately 1" of room at the top of the planter.
Sow seeds: Sow 1-3 tomato seeds 1/4" deep and lightly cover with soil. Place in a warm, bright location with ample air circulation; keep soil moist but not overwatered. Tomato seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Once seedlings reach 3-5" tall, thin out the weaker seedlings leaving the strongest seedling to grow to maturity.
Add circular connector.
Add rods and connectors until support structure is fully assembled; the completed support structure will have 4 tiers. You may choose to build the entire support structure at initial setup, or add sections as the tomato plant grows.
GENERAL GROWING REQUIREMENTS FOR TOMATOES:
|Full Sun / 6-8 hours
|Tomatoes are sensitive to cold; temperatures below 55°F can interfere with pollination . Ideal temperature range: 70-85°F
|Keep moist but not overwatered. Water at base of plant to prevent fungal growth on leaves.
Tomatoes are heavy feeders. Feed with water soluble organic fertilizer formulated for tomatoes; apply according to package instructions.
|HOW TO HARVEST:
|Harvest when tomatoes turn from green to red and easily detach from the stem.