Grow bags [Growing bags] take less than 20 minutes to plant up and have enough space for three large vegetable plants. They are often used in the greenhouse, but can be used anywhere – and now larger grow bags called ‘planters’ are available they are attractive enough for a spot on the patio! Grow bags are very useful where plants, such as tomatoes, could become infected by soil-borne diseases.
Well known as a good way to grow tomatoes, grow-bags are also ideal for sweet peppers, chilli peppers, aubergines, cucumbers, and courgettes as well as salads – in fact any plants that don’t have deep roots. In a cold greenhouse plant two to three in each bag in May. If you have heat then you can get planting your grow bags earlier. For planting outside early June is best. You will be harvesting fresh and tasty vegetables from July to September, or a succession of fresh salad leaves in a matter of days.
New Horizon Organic and Peat Free Grow Bags
New Horizon grow bags are filled with organic and peat free ingredients. They are ideal for growing tomatoes, peppers and other salad crops under protection or in the open.
New Horizon composts are regarded as the market leaders in peat free and organic composts and grow bags.
Gro-Sure Fruit and Vegetable Planters
Planters are giant grow bags which makes life easier for you to grow great crops!
Because of their larger volume, they are easier to manage and less inclined to dry out. They have a moisture retaining additive. This larger volume grow bag also gives more room for roots and leads to less stressed plants that not only yield better but also are much less prone to pest and disease attack. They have enough fertiliser for the first 6 weeks and then you should regularly add liquid feed.
How to plant grow bags
– First soak the young plants in their pots thoroughly to help reduce root damage during transplanting.
– Meanwhile, shake the grow-bags to loosen the compost, breaking up any lumps you can feel through the plastic, and shape the bag into a plumped-up pillow, with some of the compost pushed into the corners of the bag. [it’s a good idea to bring the grow bags into the warmth of the greenhouse a day or two before planting]
– Pierce the base of the bag for drainage
– For tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers; cut out the marked squares for 3 individual plants and plant up in the normal way, with the top of each root ball just below the top of the grow bags surface.
– If you want to plant salads, cut out a long rectangle in the tops of the grow bags and sow seeds in rows. Try sowing lettuce, coriander, rocket or one of the mixed salad leaf seed selections.
– Water in well.
Watering and plant support can be made easier with a variety of gadgets that we stock in spring.
– Members of the tomato family (peppers, aubergines etc) will need to be staked. Push a cane into the bag next to each plant and attach the cane to a frame, preferably a proper grow bags frame that is made to offer the necessary support. Tie the plant to the cane
– Keep the compost moist
– When flowers appear, begin to feed plants such as aubergine, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers with a high potash fertiliser such as liquid tomato feed.
– The contents of used grow bags can be recycled in the garden as a soil conditioner