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Posted: 3/29/2009 9:22:44 AM EDT
I can't tell if it's great or if it's a gimmick.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:25:23 AM EDT
hmmm rather cool.. Does it work on the fruitless versions of the tomato plant too?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:27:59 AM EDT
Just saw an infomercial this morning for those when my wife turned on the TV as we woke up.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:39:09 AM EDT
Couldn't you do the same thing with a coffee can and some safety wire???

Just cut a hole in the bottom???
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:41:23 AM EDT
Is the tensile strength of a tomato plant stem substantially greater than the compressive buckling strength?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:58:13 AM EDT
i saw it too, wouldnt be hard to build one yourself, but with the cost, it might be worth it to buy.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:01:26 AM EDT
Yes, bought one for my Dad. He grew some tasty tomatoes with it. Worked great.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:08:21 AM EDT
My daughter did a side by side comparison of the two planting methods last year for a science project.

The results prefered the traditional method of planting.

Also, those images of the perfectly tapered, vine like tomato plant are deceptive/fabricated.

the plants grew downward until they had enough length, and then they turned upward toward the son. The weight of the fruit (smaller than the 'control') caused it to sag a little, but it was far from hanging down, as the images would suggest.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:19:07 AM EDT
I just built two of them with 2.5 gallon pails. Cut a 2.5 inch hole in the bottom and use a sponge to seal around the hole when you put the plant through. Fill with dirt and voila!

If you google it, you'll find lots of info on do it yourself methods. Those things are 20 bucks with 10 bucks shipping. 2.5 gallon pails at Lowes are 3 bucks.
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