Peat Free Compost for Tomatoes

Can you grow tomatoes in peat free compost?

If you’re wondering why choose peat free compost for your tomatoes, then there are a number of benefits that might convince you to make the switch to a more sustainable growing medium.

Coir-based, peat free compost is a great alternative to peat based grow bags and compost when it comes to growing tomatoes.

Why is it good for your tomatoes?

By choosing a coir-based compost from The Coconut Compost Company you can not only help to reduce peat extraction, you can also get better results with your tomato plants.

Coir-based peat free compost is a great choice for tomato growing because:

  • Optimal Aeration
    Coir-based compost provides excellent aeration, preventing waterlogged roots and reducing the risk of root diseases that tomatoes are susceptible to.
  • Consistent Moisture
    It retains moisture effectively, ensuring your tomato plants stay hydrated even during hot spells, which is crucial for preventing blossom end rot.
  • Balanced pH
    Coir-based compost is often pH-neutral, reducing the need for extensive pH adjustments, which can be vital for tomatoes’ nutrient uptake.

By choosing coir-based compost for your tomatoes you can improve the yield and taste of your tomato crop while embracing sustainable gardening practices.

How to grow your tomatoes in peat free compost

If you’re wondering how to use peat free compost to grow tomatoes, there are a few important things to remember.

Firstly, make sure you choose pots or containers that are large enough and have drainage holes to prevent waterlogged roots. Fill the container with peat free compost, leaving space at the top for watering.

Plant your tomato seedlings deep in the compost or follow seed packet instructions for seed depth and spacing. Keep the compost consistently moist, as tomatoes prefer even moisture to thrive. Provide support for your tomato plants from the start to support and accommodate their growth.

Regular fertiliser application is important and should be applied once the first fruits appear. Prune and maintain your plants, removing lower leaves that touch the soil to prevent disease.

Your tomatoes should receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day, so ensure they are positioned in a bright sunny spot. Always harvest the fruits at their peak for the best flavour.

With high-quality coir-based peat free compost you can enjoy a successful tomato harvest while supporting sustainable gardening practices.

A Comprehensive Sustainable Gardening Solution

Our sustainable, coir-based compost range is a comprehensive gardening solution. Made from high-quality coir, it has been developed to meet a range of gardening needs, from sowing seeds and raising seedlings, to hanging baskets and house plants. With organic options available, we make it easy for you to switch to more sustainable gardening practices.


  • Do tomatoes grow well in peat free compost?

    Tomatoes can grow exceptionally well in peat-free compost. High-quality peat-free composts offer essential nutrient and moisture retention, and optimal aeration, creating a healthy environment for tomato plants to thrive. They are a sustainable and planet-friendly choice for tomato cultivation.

  • What compost is best for tomatoes?

    For tomatoes, a nutrient-retaining compost, whether peat-free or not, is ideal. Look for composts that provide the necessary nutrient retention and can maintain consistent moisture levels. To improve your compost further, adding well-rotted organic matter can enhance the soil's quality and benefit tomato plants.

  • Can you use peat free compost for vegetables?

    Peat free compost is a reliable choice for growing vegetables. It provides essential nutrient and moisture retention, and aeration, creating a conducive environment for vegetable plants. It's both sustainable and environmentally responsible. Farmers and professional growers across the UK and the world are using peat free alternatives such as coir extensively to grow fruit and vegetables so it is a well-established medium.

  • Why are my plants dying in peat free compost?

    Plants may struggle with peat-free compost if the quality is poor or if the compost does not meet the specific needs of the plants. In some cases, pH adjustments or additional nutrients may be necessary. The Coconut Compost Company's range of coir-based compost has been developed to give your plants a good environment in which to grow and thrive.

  • What Is the best soil for tomatoes UK

    In the UK, a nutrient-rich and well-draining soil with good moisture retention is ideal for tomatoes. You can achieve this with high-quality garden soil or compost, ensuring the pH level is suitable for tomato plants.

  • What is the best soil for tomatoes in pots?

    For potted tomatoes, use a well-draining potting mix with good moisture retention. Peat free, coir-based compost with added perlite or vermiculite is a great choice. Ensure the pot has proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.

  • What is the best soil for tomatoes raised in beds?

    In raised beds, a mix of garden soil and well-rotted organic matter is often a good choice for tomatoes. This combination provides nutrients, moisture retention, and proper drainage for healthy tomato plants.