- TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING GREEN TERRAFIRMA’S COCO COIR GROW BAG
Hundreds of books, articles and web pages have been written about how best to grow tomatoes in different climates and conditions, when to plant and the best varieties – here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started.
- WHEN TO PLANT
Plant in spring, a couple of weeks after the frost finishes, so that they can root in early. In warmer areas tomatoes will grow all year round, though it’s usually better to plant in cooler weather to give the plant more time to root in. Consult your local garden centre or local gardening website for recommendations.
- GETTING STARTED
1. Remove packaging and place grow bag with the two large holes facing up. While hydrating it is best to place on your garden so that water can run off through the drain holes at the bottom.
2. Slowly pour around 7 Quarts (7L) of water (over a period of 10 minutes) through the two large holes in the grow bag and watch the coco coir expand to almost the full size of the bag or 4 times the size of the pack before hydration. If necessary, add more water until the block is fully expanded though it may not fill the bag completely.
3. Planting (we recommend determinate varieties which grow to 2-3 ft high):
• Seeds – Insert 3 or 4 seeds in each of the two pre-cut holes, place seeds at a depth of about half an inch. Wait about two weeks and see how many seedlings come up, then remove all but the best seedling, leaving just one plant per hole.
• Seedlings – Create a well in the coco coir mix, take some out if necessary, remove seedling from its original packaging and gently insert in the hole, cover exposed roots with leftover coir, repeat for second hole. Water immediately to help settle plant in.
5. Move to an area of good light where your plants can flourish, tomatoes need about 6 hours of sunlight per day.
- TAKING CARE OF YOUR PLANTS
• WATERING: Water when the surface of the coco coir feels dry to touch, reduce watering when plant starts fruiting.
• FERTILIZING: Tomatoes like to be fed regularly. We recommend feeding twice a week with a good quality, organic liquid fertilizer. Remember to FEED REGULARLY !
• PRUNING: Pick off any dead or yellow leaves, cut off any branches that are not doing well. When the plant starts to flower remove any branches which have no flowers on them, they just drain energy from the fruiting branches. ‘Suckers’ are the new branches that grow out of lead branches when the plant is reaching full height, remove them from the lower 12 inches of each plant, cut them off at the stem.