Growing Tomatoes in Hoop Houses


In this blog post, you’ll learn how to plant and grow tomatoes in a hoop house. I’ll show you what you need for your tomato garden and the different types of tomatoes that work well in hoops. Then we will talk about managing your hoop house tomato garden, including tips on harvesting and staking plants.

What you need to start a tomato garden using hoop houses

To set up a hoop house, you’ll need:

  • PVC pipe (1 inch or 2.5 cm diameter)
  • Plastic sheeting or greenhouse film
  • Clamp-style hoops (available at hardware stores)
  • Stakes to secure the hoop house to the ground

Choosing the right tomatoes for your hoop house.

Choosing the right tomato for your hoop house is easy. First, you need to know what’s growing in your climate and soil. For example, if you’re in a region that gets very hot, choose a variety of tomatoes that can thrive in those conditions. If you have sandy soil, choose a tomato that can grow well in this type of soil.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about some specific varieties of tomatoes that will do well in a hoop house environment. We’ll start with the top five best-performing hoop house tomatoes:

  • Brandywine – This variety has lots of flavor and comes from eastern Pennsylvania (hence its name). It does well when grown indoors by providing steady production over several months. It does require staking though so consider this before planting!
  • Cherokee Purple – A great choice for growers with limited space since it grows on compact vines yet still produces large fruits with great flavor! This tomato originated from North Carolina but has become extremely popular across America because it does well even under adverse conditions like drought conditions or temperatures as high as 95 degrees Farenheit/35 Celsius.”

What to know before planting your tomato plants in hoops

Luckily, hoop houses are easy to use and manage. Here’s what you need to know before planting your tomato plants in hoops:

  • Planting tomatoes in a hoop house is a great way to extend the growing season. You can start them earlier than if they were planted outside and still get ripe tomatoes well into fall.
  • There are many different kinds of tomatoes that will grow well in a hoop house garden – some that grow tall and need staking and some that spread out horizontally across the ground. Consider which type would be best for your area, based on whether or not you have space for staking, pruning and trellising plants as they grow larger throughout the season.
  • If you’re already growing food with raised beds like I am here at DirtWise HQ (which we’ll talk about more later), then this method of growing tomatoes is perfect for keeping track of all those delicious fruits! Just stick one end of each bamboo stake into an empty hole from last year’s crop so there’s less digging involved when it comes time again next year!

How to manage a hoop houses tomato garden.

You may be thinking that hoop houses are a little too much work to take on, but there are ways around this without sacrificing the benefits of growing your tomatoes in a hoop house. You don’t have to do all the work yourself and you can have just as successful of a tomato garden with less work.

  • Water: The most important thing is to make sure your plants get enough water. If your soil starts drying out, you can always use a watering wand or soaker hoses to help keep it moist.
  • Fertilizing: To help keep nutrients levels high and prevent fertilizer burn, apply compost tea every ten days until the fruit reaches full size (about 80% color). Then spread some fertilizer around each plant before harvesting begins and again when it ends.
  • Pest Control: Tomatoes are susceptible to several pests including aphids, whiteflies and mites which can be difficult if not impossible for some home gardeners to manage without professional equipment or chemical pesticides that may pose problems for other nearby plants such as peppers or eggplants depending on where you live so these methods will only work if there are no surrounding crops nearby where any chemicals could affect them negatively; if there’s an area dedicated solely for growing tomatoes then these methods will definitely keep pests away from those plants

How to harvest tomatoes from your hoop house

When you’re ready to harvest your tomatoes, the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not they’re ripe. If you don’t know how to do this, try this test:

  • Take a tomato off of the vine and give it a gentle squeeze.
  • If it feels soft and squishy in your hand, even more so than other ripened tomatoes on the plant (which may still be firm), then it’s probably ready for picking.
  • If you can’t tell by squeezing alone if the fruit is ripe enough for picking, give it an eyeball test by looking at its color: Ripe tomatoes should be red or pink in color; if they have yellowish tones or aren’t very colorful at all, they probably aren’t ready yet!

learn how to plant and grow tomatoes in a hoop house.

Tomatoes are a favorite vegetable in the American diet. They are easy to grow, and they taste good! A hoop house is a great way to extend the growing season by protecting your tomato plants from cold temperatures, rain and wind.

You can build a wooden hoop house easily using 2 x 4’s or 4 x 4 beams. Get some lumber that is at least 6 feet long (if you want to make it taller). You will also need some plywood or some other type of wood that can be used as siding on the house. Add hinges so that you can open up the top of your greenhouse if needed during certain times of year when temperatures get too hot inside your greenhouse.

You’ll want to use chicken wire in between each beam so that you don’t have weeds growing through them and causing problems with pests eating away at all those tasty tomatoes! You should also place plastic over top of this roofing material so it doesn’t get too hot inside during summer months–this might cause plant damage if left uncovered for too long without any ventilation holes cut into it first before installing any sort of covering material such as plastic sheeting since heat buildup within these structures could cause foliage death among other things like wilting which isn’t good either because then there won’t be enough time left before fall comes around again next year either way…


Growing tomatoes in a hoop house can be a great way to extend your growing season and get fresh tomatoes when they’re not available at the store. If you have space for an additional garden bed, consider adding one of these structures! They are easy to build and maintain, plus they help protect plants from harsh weather conditions like frost and wind storms

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