How to Grow the Best Tomato Plants in Containers
Growing tomato plants at home is one of the easiest gardening activities for home gardeners. One reason is because caring for tomato plants in a container is much simpler than cultivating them in a backyard garden. Plus growing different types of tomatoes in a container is practically effortless once you get the hang of it!
Let's start with reviewing the best tomatoes to plant in containers. There are specific hybrids that are made to grow in smaller spaces and to climb on trellises or to enjoy the cozy root space a container offers. The followin list is a broad spectrum of types of tomatoes that grow best in containers! Most gardening shows and publications imply that the most successful plants for containers are variations of dwarf tomato plants. However there are a variety of tomato plants that can be successfully grown in a container. Here's a list of the most common types of tomatoes, which given the proper sun and light and watering grow best in a container garden:
- Black Cherry
- Gardeners Delight
- Buck's County Hybrid
- Golden Gem
Once the choice in tomato plants has been selected the next step is choosing the right size container. This is very critical to the success of the container garden. Always remember a chosen container for a tomato garden can be just about anything you like from a paint bucket to a barrel! Typically, however, the container size will vary from 5 gallons up to 125 gallons depending on a few factors. Always consider a few important factors when determining the right type of container to use for your tomato garden.
- Plant type - Determinate or Indeterminate
- Plant root Depth - Deeper rooted tomato plants require deeper containers and vice versa.
- Number of plants per container. Some tomato plants like dwarf cherry tomatoes can be planted 2 or 3 plants to a container.
- Where the container will be stored. Indoors or outdoors! This is very important. Certain types of containers do not hold upunder fluctuating climates and weather conditions.
Next is caring for the best tomato plants in a container. Successfully grown tomato plants in a container require the proper soil, fertilizer, watering regimen and sun exposure. It's suggested that if this is the first container grown tomato project. Starting with pre-grown tomato plants is best. Simply transfer the tomato plant to the appropriate size container. Make sure it's been pre-filled with slow active fertilizer and moist soil.
But, if you are growing tomato plants in a container from seeds, you will need to start by pre-treating the soil at least three days before planting. It's always best to start planting your tomato plants at least two months before the warm season. This allows time for the tomato plant to break soil. Once the plant breaks soil, give it plenty of morning and daily sunlight, however avoiding high afternoon sun. Soaking the seeds before planting into the soil is also a good idea to give your plants a head start.
Also consider the type of vine support to use for the indeterminate plants once the vines begin to grow aggressively. There are a number of vine support options to choose from; ranging from sticks to tomato container cages.
There's no doubt you can grow the best tomatoes year round right from your patio. The fresh juicy sweet flavor of container grown tomatoes will speak for themselves. You'll be thoroughly satisfied with the money and time saved. The first time you sample your fresh juicy home grown tomatoes in a container.