Growing Tomatoes With The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon®
Almost all gardeners choose to grow tomatoes. There is no comparison in flavor between a homegrown, freshly picked tomato and a store bought tomato that has ripened over its several hundred mile journey to the market. Tomatoes grown for sale are grown for durability, tomatoes grown in the garden are grown for taste. The problem with growing tomatoes has been, until now, their large water requirements and their tendency to split after heavy rains. Luckily, the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® delivers a consistent amount of water to the roots of the tomato plant, allowing optimal growth and preventing splitting.
- Here you see growth of roma (left) and cherry (right) tomato plants from transplanting on May 3, through growth with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon, to first harvest July 15. After the Waterboxx PlantCocoon® was placed and filled with 4 gallons, no manual refilling was ever needed.
- We planted these tomato plants in a raised bed with 6 inches of soil. We planted these just next to a string trellis for support as Waterboxx tomato plants produce huge amounts of fruit and need support.
- When planting tomatoes with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®, we recommend 1 wick per tomato plant. You can plant up to 4 tomato plants per Waterboxx but we recommend no more than 2 due to space constraints.
- Soil needs to be rich for tomatoes to grow well and without disease. We recommend using potting soil or compost for your tomato plants. You can also add fertilizer spikes beneath the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®. You cannot add liquid fertilizer to the Waterboxx reservoir or it will clog.
- We recommend starting tomatoes inside to allow a longer growing season. These can be transplanted to their final location after 6-8 weeks.
- We recommend planting indeterminate (vine) tomatoes as you will get produce throughout the summer. Determinate (bush) tomatoes give you a large crop all at once if you plan to can or otherwise preserve the tomatoes.
- Here you see the final crop of 1333 cherry tomatoes (in late September) grown with the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon®. This plant never received any manual watering after Waterboxx set up in May.
- The Waterboxx delivers consistent moisture to the roots of the tomatoes, so they are much, much less likely to split, even after heavy rains. This variety of cherry tomatoes (Super Sweet 100) was renowned for splitting if left on the vine too long, but we has less than 1% of the tomatoes we harvested split.
- Imagine the work that can be saved when you no longer have to weed or water your tomato plants. You simply have to prepare soil, transplant the tomato, fill the Waterboxx, and ensure the tomato has growing support. Otherwise the only work involved is harvesting huge amounts of produce!
- The Waterboxx also decreases blossom end rot of tomatoes by ensuring consistent watering.
- Heirloom tomatoes are unmatched in their flavor, and there are few summer delights more sublime than home grown tomatoes. However, we had gotten so fed up with our tomatoes splitting, especially in our raised bed garden, that we had almost stopped growing heirloom tomatoes in favor of Roma tomatoes only.
- However, we thought we would try to grow Brandywine heirloom tomatoes with the Waterboxx before we gave up for good, and we were not disappointed. Even with extensive storm damage to the plant in mid July, we still harvested 15 large, succulent heirloom tomatoes with the Waterboxx.
- This tomato was grown without any water added to the Waterboxx after May, even with a 6 week period with almost no rain in August and September.
- As noted above, the Waterboxx prevented splitting of these tomatoes, even during a huge rain storm in July, due to the consistent moisture provided the roots of the tomato.
The Waterboxx has been given an 'A' rating for growing tomatoes, without any water after the week of planting, by Tim Miller, noted dry-land organic farmer near Austin, Texas (and proprietor of Millberg Farm). Mr. Miller won the Texas 2015 Blue Legacy Award for Water Conservation (as an Agricultural Producer).