Growing Tomatoes In Containers

The type of fertilization on containerized tomatoes is critical for healthy fruits.

Containerized tomato plants are easy to grow and produce tasty fruits. Here are my tips on how I grow them every year. First, make sure you have a large pot for the plant to grow. The one shown in the picture will allow this plant to develop a big root system. Since I grow mine from seeds I have a choice of plants, but if you buy your plants, look for ones that are not leggy and have a good green foliage color. Plant the transplants very deep leaving only one set of exposed leaves below the the terminus. Uniform watering is important for good growth. Once mine have been in the container for a couple of weeks I apply granular Miracle Grow Shake ‘n Feed vegetable fertilizer with calcium. This fertilizer (I get mine at a big box hardware retailer) contains calcium which helps prevent blossom end rot (the bottom of the fruits turn black). I repeat the application of fertilizer every two to three weeks during the growing season. Now as you can see in the image I have not staked the plant yet, but it is time. Since the nature of most common tomatoes is to grow tall, I like a stake(s) six to eight feet tall. Keep the vines tied up to the poles, and many folks remove the suckers (those are the side shoots growing out of the main stem at the leaf points). I have to be honest. I do not pratice this removal, and I cannot comment whether or not it increases or decreases fruit production. Other than fertilizing and staking, if they are kept watered and in full sun, expect tomatoes for your eating pleasure around the fourth of July.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

4 thoughts on “Growing Tomatoes In Containers

    • It is in an enviroment where the roots are constricted and the amount of soil to hold moisture and nutrients are limited so it is important provide a pot that has plenty of room to allow the roots to grow.

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