True love is biting into a juicy tomato you’ve just picked off the vine. Even if space is limited, you can still grow delicious tomatoes in pots.
Tomatoes grown in portable containers are just as tasty and satisfying as garden grown. Plus, containers are versatile and can easily be moved from one spot to another to suite your gardening needs.
It takes just a few minutes to plant and maintain for a summer of delicious fruit.
Make Space for Tomatoes with These Easy Planting Tips
Growing tomatoes in containers is easy. Tomatoes just need soil, sun and a little care.
Whether you live in an apartment or farm, containers are the perfect solution when space is limited or soil is tough to work.
1. Start by choosing a sunny patio, driveway, walkway, stairway or deck. Tomatoes need 6-8 hours of full sun a day.
2. Pick a pot big enough for your variety. A container 18 inches or larger in diameter with drainage holes will work. Tomatoes can grow 6-8 feet tall and 2 feet across. Place drainage material (like gravel) in the bottom of the pot before you add soil to provide air pockets so roots don’t drown.
4. Fill container 3/4 full with Espoma’s organic potting mix.
5. Add an organic starter plant food, such as Bio-tone Starter Plus, to keep roots strong.
6. Moisten mix slightly.
7. Add tomato plants. Sit the plant in the hole so its lowest leaves are below the soil level. Pinch off lower leaves.
8. Fill with potting soil.
9. Mix compost into the top few inches of your container.
10. Place container in a sunny spot that’s easy to access so you can regularly monitor plants.
11. Water tomatoes generously for the next few days. Then, give tomatoes about 2” of water at their base each week.
12. Add stakes or cages to your container to keep tomatoes from growing out of control and to help prevent diseases.
In addition to watering, feed tomatoes with Espoma’s Tomato-tone every other week. Organically fertilizing tomatoes with Tomato-tone produces larger, plumper tomatoes all season.
To learn more about choosing, planting and caring for tomatoes, visit our organic tomato guide.