Growing Tomatoes Anywhere in Containers

Growing Tomatoes Anywhere in Containers

Growing Tomatoes Anywhere in Containers

 Part 5

Tomatoes are the number one vegetable that almost everyone starts with, when thinking of growing an outdoor garden for the first time. One thing that you might not have thought about is that you too can grow these wonderful plants in a container.

That means you can grow them just about anywhere!

Growing Container Tomatoes, For the most part this plant is the easiest and most rewarding of all the vegetables you can grow in the garden.

Why? Because of the taste and the bounty! No one can fully appreciate home grown vegetables until they eat a freshly ripened tomato, picked right off the vine. There’s nothing like it in the grocery stores, due to the delicate nature of tomatoes, the farmers need to pick them when they are green to ensure that, the product will get to the store undamaged.

That means the loss of taste along with it. But when you go out to your garden and grow the plant yourself, then feast on the bounty of this wonderful plant you will fully appreciate just how delicious these tomatoes can taste fresh from the garden.

Which makes it exciting that anyone can grow these just about anywhere there is full sun. Making it entirely possible to grow a healthy, fruit producing tomato plant in a container sidestepping the need for an outdoor garden.  Tomato plants are an extremely easy plant to grow just as successfully in a garden as it is in a container.

There are several benefits to growing a tomato plant in a container. This method is perfect for those who are short on space for an actual outdoor garden.  Pots can be placed anywhere that receives enough light for the plant to sustain its growth including patios, yards and even window sills. 

Plus, since tomato plants require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, pots can be moved from location to location to ensure that the plant is receiving the right amount of sunlight eliminating the need for one particularly sunny spot. Another advantage to growing tomato plants in pots is that it eliminates the need to weed if you are short on time for proper gardening. Every gardener loves to hear that!

Most varieties of tomatoes can be successfully grown in containers but, some do better than others. You will want to grow tomatoes that do not get too large. Determinate tomatoes are varieties that will grow to a smaller size.  They will typically get to be about 1 to 2 ft maximum. Plus, growing tomatoes in pots will cause them to ripen all at once. 

Choosing the smaller tomato varieties means that you are not stuck with too many tomatoes then you don't know what to do with. To ensure your success in the endeavor of growing a tomato plant in pot, it is also better to choose a tomato plant variety that has a lower water demand. 

Tomato plants need about one inch of water a week keeping the soil moist.  But, because they are being grown in a pot, keeping the soil moist can be challenging. The key to keeping the soil moist it to pick the right kind of pot for your tomato plant. 

A standard terra cotta pot that provides enough room for the roots to grow is perfect for your plant. Good drainage is important so make sure that the pot has drainage holes at the bottom. You can also add a layer of rock at the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage and ward off root rot. 

To keep the soil in the pot moist you should also use the right kind of soil.  Tomato plants grown in a pot do well in a soil-less mix of sphagnum peat, perlite and vermiculite. You should also add a scoop of organic fertilizer to the soil mixture as well to the center of the pot and mix it in well. 

Tomato plants tend to be heavy feeders so you should add a fertilizer that is slow acting. On top of that, you can add fertilizer about every two to four weeks. 

It's wonderful to be able to grow your own tomatoes. You can enjoy fresh organic tomatoes that taste so much better than what you can get from the store. With the ability to grow tomato plants in a container, apartment dwellers and those who are limited on space can enjoy the same benefits as those with access to a full outdoor garden.