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April 25, 2009

Planting Alicante Tomatoes in GrowPots

Filed under: tomato — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 3:51 pm

Tomato – Latin name ‘Lycopersicon esculentum’

The variety ‘Alicante’ is a cordon type which is best in the greenhouse, but can be grown outside in a sheltered spot.


We are using some growpots which fit into growbags for planting tomatoes.


The advantage is that the tomato food is targeted on the roots in the inside pot. The outer pot is used for water, and it makes watering much quicker. Water can be left in the outer reservoir to trickle into the growbag when required.


Three growpots fit into one growbag. The tomatoes are planted so that the compost is the same level as the outer chamber. This leaves room for a pint of water to be added to the top of the pot.


The advantages of the growpot are:

    *      watering will be easier

    *      the tomato will be well watered

    *      tomato food will be used more efficiently


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  1. I have used Grow Pots for growing tomatoes for the last 20 years – in my lean-to (3 sided) greenhouse (10 feet by 6 feet). I find the most successful for ease of care and plenty of fruit, is Shirley F1 . I grow 4 to 6 plants from seeds sown in 3″ pots then potted into the Grow Pots. This year I only produced 4 plants and put two in each of two growbags. Everything has gone well – lots of trusses with plenty of tomatoes developing, until two weeks ago when the plants (5 feet high) started wilting. I put a canopy over them to shield from the sun, and sprayed with water, foliar feed and even systemic fungicide (even though no fungus or paraites were visible). All to no avail – I now have three shrivelled plants with green tomatoes at 5 feet, and one healthy plant/tomtoes at 7 feet (I have pinched this top out to restrict the growth) and 3 withered ones with trusses of green tomatoes that are not fully developed. I have followed the same procedure for watering (daily) and feeding (phostrogen – every second day in the inner growpot) that I have used for many years with 100% success in the past. Help !!

    Comment by John — August 12, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

  2. John

    So sorry to hear about your tomato problem – what a disappointment.

    There are so many tomato leaf diseases, I wonder what the leaves looked like. Were they marked? Are the nodes marked? Did the leaves change colour?

    Do you have a thermometer in your glasshouse? Shading is really necessary if the sun is very strong.

    Meanwhile I will ask if anyone else has experienced this problem this year.

    Comment by TopVeg — August 12, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  3. When growing tomatoes in pots, I think I find it is best to place them in about four inch pots after transplanting them.

    Comment by Gavin Rogers — November 8, 2009 @ 6:03 pm

  4. In 2010 we grew several different varieties of tomatoes in urns on a rear porch due of the bad soil quality in our neighborhood. When doing this you need to be sure the pots are large enough for respective plants possiblel root growth and you will likely need to water them almost double as much as the dirt tends to dry out. Also right before they ripen either cover them or harvest them as birds will ruin your plants as they cant stay away from the bright colors.

    Comment by Josh in Nashville TN — January 3, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

  5. Hi Josh

    Thanks for that useful info. Are your tomatoes fruiting now?

    Comment by TopVeg — January 4, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

  6. No. Its been real cold in Tennessee lately. We will likely start them inside in about a month or so. We had great luck using the in door starters that look kind of like a baking sheet with a plastic cover.

    Comment by Josh in Nashville, TN — January 4, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

  7. Hello again
    What do you mean by an indoor starter? Is it a sort of propogator? Sounds good – would like to find one!

    Comment by TopVeg — January 4, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  8. That is probably the right name for it. Got it at Lowes. It literally looks like something you buy brownies in metal bottom with plastic air tight lid. Put by window in hottest room of your house. The idea is like a little greenhouse as it keeps it warmer and moister as water will condensate under the plastic.

    Comment by Josh in Nashville, TN — January 4, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

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