Where did I go wrong the first time? If you checked the picture, you'd see that I used the drainage hole to plant the tomato. By what I've read in other sites, that hole is too small since tomatoes are gigantic plants. While you can buy expensive 5-gallon containers to hold your tomatoes, I've also read of more economical solutions, such as using a 2-liter soda container. In my case, I used 500 ML. Who knows, right?
So look at the picture. I'll talk you through how I did it (whether it's right or not)
- Got a 500 ML bottle and cut through 4/5 of the bottom
- Used scissors to cut 4 holes around the bottle, near the bottom
- Inserted straw through the holes and tied it around the bottle
- Tied straw near the mouth of the bottle and connected it to the straw near the bottom
- Had two loose ends which I used to tie the container to a hanger (in this case a tree)
- Inserted newspaper around the bottle because I read that the sun should not hit the roots
- Filled the bottle (through the hole I cut at the bottom) with good drainage soil
- Inverted the bottle and inserted the seedling (about 1/2 of the entire seedling is inside). Personally, the transplant is the hardest part for me. I've killed about 6-7 tomato seedlings while transplanting so please be careful.
- Filled the bottle with good drainage soil through the mouth (yes there will be space after you inverted the bottle)
- Covered the mouth with newspaper and taped it around the mouth. This ensures that the stem is snug and that the tomato seedling won't fall. This also prevents the soil from spilling out. I used newspaper since it will just melt as needed when the stem grows bigger.
- Hung the bottle inverted on the tree.
- Watered the plant from the bottom. I watered until it dripped from the mouth.
- I'll tie more straw around the bottle as the plant grows heavier.