Growing tomatoes in summer and winter

August 24, 2014/January 2015

Bill McNeese started with the planting of two young tomato plants in the Waterboxx® plant cocoon on 24 August 2014. The Waterboxx® plant cocoon with the young tomato plants were located in his yard in Hemet, California (United States). In order to stimulate the soil and the growth of the tomato plants, Myccorhizae fungi was added to the soil.

The Groasis Waterboxx with the two young tomato plants ready for planting

The Groasis Waterboxx® plant cocoon and two young tomato plants before planting

Five weeks after planting the two tomato plants, the first fruits started to develop. The plants were pruned to two stems each, so they could be trained up an overhead/string. Eleven weeks after the planting you can see the first mature fruits. Twelve weeks and five days after the planting the height of the tomato plant was 1.91 meter (6 ft. 3 inch) and had 76 fruits!

The tomato plants in the Groasis Waterboxx after twelve weeks and 5 days

The two tomato plants after twelve weeks and five days

In December 2014 and January 2015, the plants had to endure the cold. The frost had damaged the plants and therefore a lot of the green tomatoes had to be removed from the plant. The ripening of the fruits was slow, but Bill was very pleased with flavor of the fruits! 

Final results of the first vegetable growing trial with less water

Halfway January 2015, the results of the two tomato plants that had grown in the Waterboxx® plant cocoon on the balcony of Bill McNeese were great! With a total of 121 tomatoes harvested in the period between August 24, 2014 and January 12, 2015. The tomatoes had a total weight of 14 kilos.

At the end of the planting period, one short rainy season has made $62 on tomatoes. By selling the tomatoes, the price of the two Waterboxx plant cocoons was fully covered! The quality and price of the tomatoes is based on $2/0,45kg (or even more!) in local supermarkets. 

The Groasis Waterboxx with a - damaged by frost - tomato plant

Grow your own vegetables!

Do you want to grow vegetables by yourself? That is possible! If you need tips or trics to grow tomatoes or other vegetables/fruits, please watch our videos on our special Groasis Vegetable YouTube-channel or find more information on our website by ‘Manuals’.