Here are tomato plants near me. Keep reading below for more information.
- Introducing MEG
- What kind of tomato plants near me?
- How MEG grows tomatoes
- It’s easier than you might think
- Locations to grow
- What to expect
- 5 Tips for success
- Final Thoughts
MEG’s Edible Landscapes it’s dedicated to helping you grow food no matter where you’re at. We enable successful experiences for our customers by making growing food enjoyable! We also take a lot of the common variables out of traditional gardening. This could be something as mundane as pulling weeds to figuring out what type of fertilizer a tomato plant needs. Other areas include equipment to help support plants and extend the growing season. This is especially important in the state of Minnesota because our growing window of opportunity is ridiculously short. We’ve even had snow accumulation after Mother’s Day in previous years!
What kind of tomato plants near me?
MEG offers many different varieties of tomato plants near me. We have 5 to 6 varieties of cherry tomato varieties every year, and a couple of slicer and larger tomatoes. We limit the sales on the larger tomatoes because they require more time, energy and babying. Once they’re establish though, they do quite well. Some of our tomato varieties include “Sungold“, “Bing”, and “Sweetie”. We sell both indeterminate and determinate type tomato varieties. Determinate-style varieties are referred to as bush-style tomatoes, and the indeterminate-style tomatoes are typically called vining tomatoes. These can grow to be 5 to 6 feet tall in Minnesota. Check out our online store for current varieties offered.
How MEG grows tomatoes
MEG grows edible plants exclusively in fabric grow bags because this has been shown to be the best method of growing in containers. Every tomato plant comes with a custom soil mix and fertilizer required for the optimal growth of a plant. All the owner of a grow bag has to do is find a sunny spot and add water on a consistent basis. MEG also sells accessories and equipment with the grow bags. Some of these accessories include items like bamboo cages and stakes to support the indeterminate plants.
It’s easier than you might think
Growing tomatoes doesn’t have to be hard. Growing with a grow bag is one of the easiest ways to grow tomatoes. It also has many benefits over traditional growing methods including even raised provides. This is because grow bags allow the owner to safely and easily move the grow bags when less than optimal growing conditions occur (i.e. frost or hail). Minnesota has been known to have frost and freeze warnings after Mother’s Day which is quite late in the year. If tomato plants are transplanted in the ground or in a raised bed at this point, the best thing the owner can do is cover up the plant and hope for the best. Meg doesn’t like to use “hope” as a strategy. If there is a Frost or freeze warning, simply carry the tomato bag into the garage for overnight.
Locations to grow
Growing with fabric grow bags allows the owner to grow in unique areas and locations. Some of our customers buy these types of grow bags to accompany them on a summer trip (i.e. RV park). After all, all you need is a sunny spot and a source of water for these plants to thrive. Other locations that work well for these grow bags include balconies, patios, decks and porches. If you have a multi season room, you may even be able to grow these plants later in the year after the frost would’ve killed off the plant in a traditional garden.
What to expect
We typically sell tomato grow bags right after they start flowering. Shortly after this, the flowers will pollinate and then fruit will set. Once the fruits start developing on the plant, they will grow fast as long as the plant is consistently watered. Water is the key to success here, not only for the plants health but also for maximum fruit development. The indeterminate plants should make a couple of consecutive rounds by the first frost in the fall. As mentioned earlier, the plants can be easily moved indoors if there’s a frost or freeze warning.
5 Tips for success
Here’s a list of five tips for successful growing with fabric grow bags:
- Did we mention water yet? Water often and water thoroughly. During the warmer months of summer, you’ll most likely be watering your plants every day. Use the finger method to check for moisture content. Simply stick your finger in the soil and pull it out. If soil sticks to your finger, the plant has enough water. If not, apply water thoroughly until it sleeps out the bottom of the bag.
- Tomatoes can’t stand frost. It’s instant death! Bring your plant inside or place in a warm area to spend the night if there’s a threat of frost or freeze warning.
- Staked or secure indeterminate variety tomatoes. This will prevent branches from busting off once they’re weighed down with tomatoes.
- Make sure your plants located in a sunny spot. Tomatoes love the sun, and the more sun you have the better they’ll grow. Also, sunlight directly influences the amount of flowers the plant will produce. Plants produce more fruit as a function of light received.
- If the fruit on the plant hasn’t fully ripened by the time the fall frost shows up, you can harvest the fruit and let it ripen on the counter inside.
Growing tomatoes in fabric bags can be easy. There are many advantages versus traditional growing methods. Meg has worked hard to take all of the guesswork out of the process. As long as you find a sufficiently sunny spot, add water on a consistent basis, you’ll have great success! One more thing, whether you like eating tomatoes raw or you throw them in with your favorite recipe you should notice a huge difference in flavor versus the grocery store!