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- Helps warm the soil and radiate heat to the plant.
- Helps control weeds, eliminates weeding next to the plant.
- Helps control damaging cutworms and other ground insects.
- Can be used with round and square wire support cages.
- Durable, mold injected plastic, for use year after year.
- Works great for potted plants too!
- Can be used for growing tomatoes from seeds or plants.
Directions for use
- Make an impressed circle slightly larger than the Tomato Crater in the soil approximately 1 1/2 inches in depth.
- Loosen the soil another 6 to 8 inches deep and set your plant.
- Place the two halves of the Tomato Crater around the plant and lock together with a slight twist.
- Push and pack soil firmly against the outer edge just below the top (1/2 inch) of the Tomato Crater to hold in place and seal in moisture.
- If desired, fill the center hole around the stem with soil for added plant support on plants such as tomatoes, peppers, etc.
- Adding one tablespoon of plant food per gallon of water, per plant, will help give your plants a good start.
- The slots on the bottom of the Tomato Crater are designed to accept a three wire plant support cage, with the option of additional staking if needed.
- Add water to your Tomato Crater watering ring according to soil conditions. Soil should be watered at least 6 to 8 inches in depth.
- For best results, use disease resistant plants suited for your growing zone.
- Feed your plants with a plant food recommended for your plants at the directed rate per label.
- By maintaining constant soil moisture and feeding your plants, you have greener, healthier plants and greatly increase your yields.
Tomato Growing Tips
- Choose disease resistant varieties.
- Choose varieties suited for your growing zone.
- Shop for the best plants.
- Buy more than one variety.
- Try to plant in an area that receives 6-8 hours of sunlight throughout the day.
- In shorter growing zones, set out plants that have been started in larger pots and have larger, more developed root systems.
- Transplant on a cloudy, mild day, late afternoon or early evening.
- Use one tablespoon of plant food per gallon of water per plant at time of planting.
- Rotate tomatoes from year to year. Avoid planting tomatoes where you have planted potatoes or eggplant the previous season.
- Water tomatoes from the base of the plant, keeping leaves dry.
Water until it begins to stand in the tomato crater, this will vary according to soil conditions. Well drained soil is very important.
- To lighten your soil, try mixing with peat moss. It also adds nutrients to the soil.
- Use a support cage.
- When tying your vines for support, leave a loop around the vine large enough to allow for continued growth.
- Also, bungee cords work well for supporting heavy tomato vines.
More Tomato Growing Tips
Helping to control cutworms is important in most plants, however, keeping the roots from starving of moisture and repelling weed growth are probably the most important factors of all. In some soil conditions watering once or twice a week using a plant protector may be sufficient. However plants receive a lot of nutrients from water, so as they mature and start to set fruit they will require more water. Water until it starts to stand in the Tomato Crater.
It is important that the Tomato Crater is set into the soil and not on top of the ground. Only 1/2 inch should be above the ground. The soil should be loose under the plant protector, for the root system, and packed firmly around the outside to prevent water from running away from the plant. If your soil is to heavy, try mixing with peat moss to insure good drainage. Once planted, your work is done, just add water and plant food and watch it grow. At the end of the growing season, simply wash and store your tomato craters inside and they will last for many years to come.
Features & Benefits of Using the Tomato Crater
- Dimensions: 11.5″ x 2.25″
- Sold in sets of three
- Available in red
- Durable, mold-injected plastic
- Reusable year after year
- Works well with potted plants
Made in the USA – Please allow up to one week for delivery