The best tips for growing tomatoes in containers to produce a bountiful harvest.
Learn how to plant, grow and care for tomato plants growing in small spaces.
The idea of a portable, movable,and convenient vegetable garden entices many gardeners when the possibility of tomatoes in containers is considered.
Container gardens are the perfect solution for may gardeners.
A sunny location on a porch, deck, balcony or patio can be turned into a small but productive vegetable garden.
Many vegetables, and especially tomato plants, can be successfully grown in pots and containers.
* The soil in the pots needs to be changed every two years.
* Container gardens require heavier and more frequent watering and fertilizing than traditional garden beds.
* Plants growing in containers need light soil of at least 24 inches deep.
* Whenever possible, use compact, bush type varieties and start with transplants instead of seeds.
* Vining types can be used along with vertical growing supports such as trellises.
* If you are a gourmet or just like to watch them on TV, try cherry or mini red and yellow pear tomato vines grown in planters staked up to a firmly set post.
* Cherry and pear tomatoes are handy for popping from vine to mouth in encouraging children (and adults) to eat their vegetables.
In pots and containers, plain garden soil tends to become dense and waterlogged, which can suffocate plant roots.
With a container garden, you are better able to protect your star vegetables from frost, insect invasion, weed invasion, or bird attacks.
The sun-worshipping tomato plants can be moved around to follow the patches of sun if you place the container on wheels.
Tomatoes in containers also frees up valuable space in a ground garden plot.
Sweet Baby Girl is a hybrid cherry tomato that grows in long clusters on compact plants.
The dark red cherries are ready for harvest in 65 days. The plant is ideal for growing tomatoes in containers or pots. The tasty fruit has a long shelf life.
Burgess Trip-L-Crop is a climbing tomato that produces big six inch tomatoes on 12-18' vines. The large crimson tomatoes can be harvested in 70 days.
The highly productive plants often produce two bushels from a single plant. When grown on a trellis the vines frequently soar to 25 feet.
Tiny Tim variety is harvestable in 45 days. Perfect selection for growing tomatoes in containers or smaller sized vegetable gardens. The plant grows 18 inches tall with ¾ inch fruits.
An alternative form of container gardening is planting and growing tomatoes in bags.