There seems to be more and more products on the market these days for us tomato growers! This week I would like to discuss the benefits of the Quadgrow Planter and Yoyo plant supports.
In newsletter week six, there are plans on how to make a single plant reservoir system, but here is an overview of a four plant system.
I’ve been using the Quadgrow Planter for about five seasons and I am very impressed with it.
Comprising of four pots that sit on a reservoir of water and nutrients. The Quadgrow has the following benefits when compared to standard pots and grow bags.
- Keeps soil constantly moist – from reservoir below.
- Avoids over or under watering – plants absorb water as they need it.
- Avoids over or under feeding – nutrients are added to reservoir and nutrients are constantly available to plants.
- Ideal for holiday breaks – it is very reliable and the 30 litre reservoir can be extended by adding a holiday watering kit.
Ordinary Pots and Grow Bags
- Plants need to be watered every day – more in hot weather.
- When soil is dry, a good watering can cause tomato split.
- Soil that is under or over watered can cause nutrient deficiency including Blossom End Rot.
- Soil that is too wet can cause poor root development and disease.
If I had to put into one sentence the most important tip for success, it would be “provide access to water and nutrients 24/7”.
The Quadgrow eliminates some of the biggest issues when growing tomatoes and has many of the same benefits that professional growers enjoy – namely, a regular supply of water and nutrients that are accessed by plants as they require them – without having the soil, or other growing medium saturated with water.
This produces healthier and quicker growing tomato plants and therefore, a harvest of quality tomatoes earlier in the season compared to conventional pots and grow bags.
The Quadgrow system is easy to set up with plenty of guidance on how to mix and apply the nutrients that are included.
The reservoir, feeder tray and pots are all strongly made and should last for a good number of seasons, returning the cost of the item and the time involved with a successful harvest each season.
With the Quadgrow planter system, you will be able to achieve maximum results for the minimum amount of time spent – I highly recommend it, and so do a number of newsletter readers who use one.
If you are interested in buying a Quadgrow, here are two discount codes below.
New Customers Discount
Use WGNEW discount code at checkout for 10% off for new customers through this link: please enter Discount Voucher Code at checkout.
Previous Customers Discount
If you have bought items from Harrod Horticulture in the past, use HAR7 discount code at checkout for 7% off! Quadgrow Planter.
The Yoyo Plant Support
YoYo plant supports are a very useful device for the tomato grower.
They are quicker to set up than canes or string and plants can be tied-up easily, quickly and safely – no broken string and let-downs in the middle of the night!
If you use two or three per plant, you won’t need to wind the nylon line around the stem – just attach it below a leaf joint.
Because the nylon is about the same thickness as fishing line, and quite thin, it may cut into a tomato plant if wrapped around the stem of a heavy fruit laden plant.
For those who like to wrap around the stem for extra support, I suggest using nylon string.
Another use is to support individual trusses of heavy fruit. Large varieties can produce very heavy trusses when the stem of a truss can no longer support the weight of tomatoes. Yoyos are ideal for supporting individual trusses.
Benefits of YoYo Plant Supports for Tomato Plants:
- Automatically adjusts to your plant’s height – up to 170cm
- Easily attaches at both top and bottom
- Stronger than string so less likely to break
- Easier to clean and sterilize than cane supports
- Can be re-used season after season
- Maximize the amount of trusses on your plants by growing your tall varieties at an angle
- Support individual trusses to prevent them from being pulled off of plants by the weight of tomatoes.
- As a plant grows, the YoYo contracts and is self adjusting.
- It also includes a brake device for manual setting.
The only down-side of the Yoyo is that the spring tension can go after a season or two, but it can still be used and adjusted manually.
That’s two products, the Quadgrow Planter and Yoyo Plant Support that you may be interested in using this season.
I hope that your young plants are healthy and vigorous!