FEATURE: Plan for Success with These 5 Tips for Planting Tomatoes in Pots
Growing tomatoes in containers successfully has a lot to do with preparation and making good choices ahead of time.
Before you get starting planting tomatoes in pots – as you're thinking about and planning your container tomatoes – you can take steps to make sure your container gardening is as healthy as possible.
Choose the largest container possible. The more space your tomato has to grow in, the healthier it will be.
Choose varieties specifically for containers. The best types of tomatoes to grow in containers are bush varieties, dwarf varieties, short-season varieties, and determinate varieties – for obvious
reasons: they don’t get as big as other types of tomatoes, they mature faster, and they finish growing at a certain point in the season.
Choose a healthy potting mix Tomatoes grown in containers need a loose, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter.
Choose a sunny spot. Tomatoes need at least 6-8 hours of full sun a day.
Choose easy access to a water source. Whether you set your tomato pots near your garden hose or you have a convenient way to water them with a pitcher or watering can, make sure you have easy access to a water source. You will use it!
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