Tomato Greenhouse for Pot Growing Tomatos




About: My Name is Daniel Aeschlimann. During the day I am a Mechanical Engineer. During the evenings I tinker with witn my 3D-Printer, my CNC router and with Arduino. Some projects i record on video and upload them...

One month ago, i published the instructable about the news paper plant pot. Now the tomatoes grow and I planted them outside on my balcony.

Because the climate here in Switzerland is still a bit cold for the tomato plants i created this greenhouse tent for my pot plants.

I made a video where you can get a overview on this project.

If you also like to make some greenhouse tents like mine, you can follow the next steps.

Already now, i'm always interested on your thoughts regarding this project. - Comments welcome ;-)


Step 1: Material You Will Need

First you will need some plants in a pot. In my case this are my tomatoes.

  • Tomato pole (I used the spirale type)
  • Plastic Foil (with a 1mx2m Sheet i was able to made 3 tents)
  • 3D-Printed parts (some wooden parts with similar shape will also work)
  • Plant Pod (with "u"shaped rim)*

* It helps when the rim of the pod is shaped in a way, that is is possible to attach the hook to it. (If yours is not like mine, you have to be creative. I'm agog to see your solution)

Step 2: Prepare the Tomato Pole

The hole in the 3D-printed head end is angled, so, that it will be perpendicular on the spirale pole.

There is a second hole, where you can squeeze hot glue in to attach the head end to the pole.

Step 3: Stabilisize the Tomato Pole

On my windy balcony, the pole is never stable enough. So i know, that i have to stabilize the pole if i will attach something to the pole.

I tie the pole with some plant tie to the rim of the pod. For this i need also the 3D-Printed parts.

  1. Cut the plant tie to length
  2. make a loop in one end
  3. fix the tie with the loop on the head end
  4. mount the hooks with a knot to the tie
  5. strain the ties with the hooks to the rim of the pot

Step 4: Cut the Plastic Sheet to Size

I used a sheet of 1x2m. But this depends on the size of the pole and the pot.

I cut the foil wile it lies doubled. with some folding and cutting along the fold, i got three parts from one sheet.

Step 5: Build With the Sheet the Greenhouse Thent

Now it is time to attach the foil to the pole.

The upper edge of the foil, has to be clamped under the loop of the uppermost tie.

The lower rim of the foil can now be clamped under the hooks.

Congratulations! You build a tiny greenhouse.

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    2 years ago

    In the U.S. A, garden stores sell “tomato cages” which are
    meant to be placed around new plants so they will be supported as they
    grow.Their shape is very much like what
    this gentleman has described if you use them upside down.Simply bury the round top of it under the
    soil to support it and pad the smaller end so it does not puncture the plastic.
    Add the “tent” and you are good to go.

    Whatever support you use, be sure to have the bottom of the plastic
    tent contained within the sides of the container to insure that the
    condensation that forms on the inside of the plastic can run down and be
    returned to the soil.This will make it
    almost self-sufficient for watering.

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for your input. It is always interesting what people elsewhere in the world use for solving the same task.


    2 years ago

    Easier: If you have wire clothes hangers, clip off the hook. Straighten the wire then fold into a v shape. Insert into dirt on sides of pot. Find a clear plastic bag to cover the 'pole'. Anchor the loose sides to the pot edges with spring-type clothes pins. Again keep in sunlight but be careful to loosen the bag when temps rise! Should be large enough to last until protective cover is no longer needed.

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes the main idea is the same. In my version i see some advantages in stability, and the dual usage of the pole. But thanks for your input.


    Reply 2 years ago

    That would be fine for starters, but Ewap has done a much taller version which would protect your plants longer and encourage taller healthier plants. Notice the size next to the railing on his porch. Also, each pot is a fairly large one so each plant would have more room for root growth. VERY Nice instructible using a bit of our latest techno toys too - simple 3-D printing. Double Kudos.


    2 years ago

    Sehr Sehr Schoenn! Ein kommentar, musik ist ein klein bisschen zu Laut, manchmal kann man kaum Ihre Stimme verstehen.

    Sie haben mein Vote!


    2 years ago

    Voted! Very cool!!!!! ;-)


    2 years ago

    They look like little sailboats! So cute!