Tomatoes in Containers

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Where soil space is limited, tomatoes are easily grown in containers.

  • Plastic grow bags are effective and practical.
  • One of the most important things you can do to ensure tomato success is to use a big enough container - the bigger the better.
  • Dwarf and cherry tomatoes, which don't require staking, are well suited for containers or large hanging baskets. Taller varieties can be grown in large pots with support from a climbing frame or stake.
  • Pay special attention to feeding and watering when growing tomatoes in containers.

Watering Tips for Container Tomatoes

  • Tomatoes grown in containers may need water every day during the hottest days of summer.
  • Top water (all over the foliage) in the late morning so your container tomatoes have a chance to dry off before nightfall.
  • Water until you see water coming out the drainage holes, then stop.

Harvesting Tips for Container Tomatoes

  • Harvest container tomatoes frequently to relieve the branches of weight.
  • Harvest frequently and the tomato plants may bloom again and set more fruit.