Most everything they say about tomato craters is true...helping to prevent cutworm damage, controls weeds around the base of the plant, directs water to the roots to avoid runoff, helps to maintain a consistent soil moisture level. But reflecting those beneficial wavelengths of sunlight to inspire growth? Not sure about that, especially when the tomato plants completely shade the tomato crater. Here's why I only gave a 3-star rating...flimsy plastic. The older models were a harder plastic, retaining their shape for years and easily twisting together to 'lock' the craters in position. The new generation is a flexible plastic and warps, making the installation around delicate tomato seedlings a risky venture by being very difficult to snap together. This after one season of use. The older version was far superior.
I just wanted to add another review, now that my plants are growing. Well, let me tell you, they're REALLY growing. This year my plants are as tall as I am. I didn't do anything differently except use the tomato craters. Obviously they've made a huge difference in the growth of the plants. All my neighbors are pea-green with envy.
I originally bought the Tomato Crater for my tomatoes. When they thrived, I bought more for my peppers. When the peppers thrived, I got more for my cucumbers. I now wonder how I got along without them.
I bought these years ago from another company that charged more money for them. Yes, they are expensive, but I ordered more this year because of the success I have had. They are easy to use, unlike others I have tried, and they allow easy watering/feeding of the roots without getting the whole plant wet (we get blight here). Since I have used these I have had the best tomato harvests ever. I love the weed control aspect also. What a great design and simple solution.
I am very happy with the tomatoe craters. They are easy to apply to small plants - the design of a snap together system is a definite advantage. They are sturdy and make watering a breeze. My plants look great!
The craters really direct the water to the base of the plant and they seem to like that. I have a bunch of tomatoes growing already after only two weeks in the ground. So I'm very pleased. They're easy to assemble. Shipping was lightning fast too. All in all I'm very satisfied with them.
So far they seem to be working well. They do what they claim. I would recom using a tomato fertilizer with them. They are over priced. You can make your own with a little ingenuity.
This not ony stops the cut worm but it also keeps the weeds away from plants.I also like that I can put some fertlizer in the tray and let it seep through.
These are the best. Even in very hot weather the soil underneath these tomato craters stays moist. Also, these craters make it much easier to water, without watering all the foilage. My tomato plants look great.