Grow tomatoes in pots from seed: How to grow healthy tomatoes

Tips on how to grow tomatoes in pots.
Tips on how to grow tomatoes in pots. | Source

Growing Your Own Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of those foods that has many benefits that we don't actually take advantage of. If you grow your own tomatoes you can have them once a week in a salad or your own Ratatouille

Did you know that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can be beneficial to your body and also help starve of many of those health problems that are common nowadays.

There is conflicting evidence out there on the many benefits of tomatoes in their help to fight many forms of cancer. However, whether they do or don't they are still a delicious fruit that can add flavour to many dishes.

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Planting tomato seeds

Items Required

  • 1 x bag compost for vegetables

  • Packet of tomato seeds

  • Pots

  • Water

  • Liquid Fertiliser

You can fill up small pots with the vegetable compost or you might prefer to use seeding trays instead. If you use seedling trays put 2 seeds in each tray.

If you use small pots put 3 or 4 seeds in each of the pots. Fill each pot up about 3/4 of the way. Then put in your tomato seeds. Cover the remaining 1/4 of your pot with compost.

Later on when the seedlings start to sprout, they will be transplanted into larger pots.


Tomato plant sprouting from seeds

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When you plant the tomato seeds you can put a few in a pot. After a few weeks you will see tiny sprouts emerge.As the weeks progress the tomato seedlings will get bigger and you will need to replant each tomato seedlingOnce the tomato seedlings are large enough to replant you need to find a bigger pot to put them in to ensure they have lots of room to grow.
When you plant the tomato seeds you can put a few in a pot. After a few weeks you will see tiny sprouts emerge.
When you plant the tomato seeds you can put a few in a pot. After a few weeks you will see tiny sprouts emerge. | Source
As the weeks progress the tomato seedlings will get bigger and you will need to replant each tomato seedling
As the weeks progress the tomato seedlings will get bigger and you will need to replant each tomato seedling | Source
Once the tomato seedlings are large enough to replant you need to find a bigger pot to put them in to ensure they have lots of room to grow.
Once the tomato seedlings are large enough to replant you need to find a bigger pot to put them in to ensure they have lots of room to grow. | Source

Items you require for growing tomatoes

Items
Vegetable compost
Pots
Seedling Tray (optional)
Large Pots (for when tomato seedlings need to be replanted)
Liquid tomato feed
Bamboo stick
String

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Transplanting tomato seedlings

  • By week 4-5 you should see your tomato seedlings beginning to spout and they should be big enough to transplant.

Transplanting tomato seedlings: Fill a large pot with compost, then gentle using a spoon (or something else), remove each seedling from the small pot. Put them into the larger pot which should be 3/4 full. Then put in the seedling and fill up to the top of the pot with compost.

Water the pots really well and leave them in a sunny area.

  • By week 7 they should be growing at a faster pace and you will see by week 8 that there will be tiny flower emerging from the plant.

  • You need to ensure that you start fertiliser the tomato plant once a week to ensure that it grows and produces lots of tomatoes.

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Once the tomato seedlings are replanted into bigger pots, you will see that over the next few weeks the plants will get larger and larger.Putting each tomato seedling into a separate pot will ensure that you have a larger tomato harvest.When you see yellow flowers  sprouting on the tomato plant, this is a hint that your tomato plant is nearing the stage of producing tomatoes. It takes time for these to emerge so be patient.The more yellow flower you see sprouting from the tomato plant the more tomatoes that will grow on the plant.
Once the tomato seedlings are replanted into bigger pots, you will see that over the next few weeks the plants will get larger and larger.
Once the tomato seedlings are replanted into bigger pots, you will see that over the next few weeks the plants will get larger and larger. | Source
Putting each tomato seedling into a separate pot will ensure that you have a larger tomato harvest.
Putting each tomato seedling into a separate pot will ensure that you have a larger tomato harvest. | Source
When you see yellow flowers  sprouting on the tomato plant, this is a hint that your tomato plant is nearing the stage of producing tomatoes. It takes time for these to emerge so be patient.
When you see yellow flowers sprouting on the tomato plant, this is a hint that your tomato plant is nearing the stage of producing tomatoes. It takes time for these to emerge so be patient. | Source
The more yellow flower you see sprouting from the tomato plant the more tomatoes that will grow on the plant.
The more yellow flower you see sprouting from the tomato plant the more tomatoes that will grow on the plant. | Source

What is in tomatoes

Tomatoes contain Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium & 7% of RDA of Iron.

Lycopene is the red pigment in tomatoes which is an antioxidant.

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Tomato Facts

  • The tomato like the pepper and the chili belongs to the Solanaceae family.

  • The tomato was introduced into Europe in the 16th century.

  • The tomato was introduced in America in the 18th century.

  • The tomato can be eaten in its raw form fresh or it can be used as an added addition to flavouring dishes.

  • There is conflicting research on whether eating tomatoes can help reduce your chance of cardiovascular disease and cancer.





Feeding your Tomato plant

You need to use a liquid fertiliser each week to feed your tomato plants once they are transplanted.

This helps to keep the tomato plant in good condition and also increase the yield on tomatoes you will get.

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The tomatoes are beginning to grow out from under the flower on the plant.When your tomatoes emerge, the tomatoes will be green. You will have one tomato emerge from each yellow flower.Leave the green tomatoes on the tomato plant until such time they turn red and are ripe enough to pick.
The tomatoes are beginning to grow out from under the flower on the plant.
The tomatoes are beginning to grow out from under the flower on the plant. | Source
When your tomatoes emerge, the tomatoes will be green. You will have one tomato emerge from each yellow flower.
When your tomatoes emerge, the tomatoes will be green. You will have one tomato emerge from each yellow flower. | Source
Leave the green tomatoes on the tomato plant until such time they turn red and are ripe enough to pick.
Leave the green tomatoes on the tomato plant until such time they turn red and are ripe enough to pick. | Source

When will you see tomatoes on tomato plant

After the yellow flowers start to emerge from the tomato plants it will only be a matter of weeks (4-5) till you see actual tomatoes emerge from the plant.

When they emerge they will be green and very tiny. You will need to ensure that you water and fertilise the tomato plants regularly so that they continue to keep growing.

You will also need to prune any stray sprouts from the tomato plants to ensure that the fruit doesn't suffer. However, don't over prune them as too much pruning is just as bad as too little pruning.

Support your tomato plant with a bamboo stick

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Eventually when your plant has reached a certain stage you will need to add additional support to the plant.Use a bamboo stick to ensure that your tomato plant has added additional support as it continues to grow.
Eventually when your plant has reached a certain stage you will need to add additional support to the plant.
Eventually when your plant has reached a certain stage you will need to add additional support to the plant. | Source
Use a bamboo stick to ensure that your tomato plant has added additional support as it continues to grow.
Use a bamboo stick to ensure that your tomato plant has added additional support as it continues to grow. | Source

Pruning your tomato plant

When you see the flower starting to emerge from the tomato plant you need to also start pinching of any stray sprouts that are growing on the main stalk.

Your tomato plant should have one large main stalk that will have side shoots out from it.

  • When the tomato plant has matured and starts to produce actual tomatoes you need to ensure that the tomato fruit is getting enough of the water and nutrients not these side shoots that are producing nothing.

Support your tomato plant with bamboo sticks

If you have the tomato plants in a pot, after a while you will need to support them.

If you have a bamboo stick you can insert this into the pot and using some string tie the stick to the tomato plant stalk.

This will help keep the tomato plant upright and also ensure support for the plant as it continues to grow.

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When can you eat your tomatoes

Once your tomatoes have tuned red and have ripened then you can start to pick and eat your tomatoes.

It is better for you to leave the tomatoes on the plant until you are really to eat them. This means that they are as fresh as they can be.


Dishes that contain tomatoes

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Caprese salad.Tomato soup.Tomato Salad with herbs.Stuffed Tomatoes with rice.
Caprese salad.
Caprese salad. | Source
Tomato soup.
Tomato soup. | Source
Tomato Salad with herbs.
Tomato Salad with herbs. | Source
Stuffed Tomatoes with rice.
Stuffed Tomatoes with rice. | Source

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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi helpfulhack, thanks for your comment. I'm sure you will be super successful with it too. :)


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helpfulhack 2 years ago

This is great. I love tomatoes. Gonna try this. Thanks :)


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi waystoexcel, thanks. I totally agree with you there. As long as they successfully grow, it does not matter where you grow them. Nothing taste as good as what you yourself grow.


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waystoexcel 2 years ago from New Delhi

Good one Sangre. I too have tried this at my home specially in the balcony or roof in a not so organised manner as you have desrcibed, but yes I must say it's a really good feeling to see your plant bear tomatoes after some time !!


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi Katelyn Weel, I purchased a packet of tomato seeds from a gardening centre.

But who knows, most seeds do re grow. I would be interested to know that myself. :) It would be interesting to find out if they do regrow like other vegetable and fruit seeds.


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Katelyn Weel 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great hub! Do you know if/how you can sprout tomatoes from the seeds found inside store bought tomatoes?


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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi hubsy, thanks for you comment. Hope next time you have a great harvest.

Hi AliciaC, I always purchased them myself, but this year I decided to be adventurous and try to grow them. It's nice when your hard work pays off. :)


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the useful instructions and photos. I eat tomatoes often, but I haven't grown my own for a long time. I need to try again, because as you say the freshest tomato is the one that has just been picked!


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hubsy 2 years ago

Thank you so much, I've been trying to grow tomatoes for many years, and they never turn out that well. This really helps me! What a useful hub!

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