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How to Grow Tomatoes In Pots

Updated on August 12, 2009

While many people have turned to the garden this year to help them save money they might not realize that they can grow tomatoes in pots. Now I know that growing tomatoes in pots can be more of a challenge to some people, but if you are able to do this then imagine the endless possibilities that you can have because then you might even be able to grow your tomatoes in pots during the winter months so you can save even more money! I know that learning how to grow tomatoes in pots is a very easy process and here are some of the time and plant saving tips that I have learned over the years on how to grow tomatoes in pots.

The first tip that I have to help you learn how to grow tomatoes in pots is that you will want to choose a pot that is going to be deep enough to allow for a good root development of your tomato plants. Now I do not mean go out and buy a pot that could be deep enough to be mistaken for your garbage can, but you will want to get one that is deep enough that the roots can expand in. I usually have a pot that is about a foot to a foot and a half deep then I fill all but about an inch with soil.

Which brings me to the second tip on how to grow tomatoes in a pot is that you will want to choose a good soil. Now if it is possible you will want to get the soil that is made specific to tomato plants which I have used in the past with really good success, but any good potting soil will work. However, the soil selection is key when you are trying to grow your tomatoes in pots. Then unlike some of the other plants you will not want to pat down the soil. I know that I have tried loose soil and patted down soil and the plants that I grew in pots with patted soil did not really take off, but the ones with the looser soil down lower took off like wildfire.

The third tip for how to grow tomatoes in pots is if you are able to try to get a seed variety that is meant for pots. Now I know that these seed varieties can really take off and blossom big time in pots. However, I have used varities of tomatoes that were not meant for pots and still managed to get good tomatoes off of them. You just have to maintain them much closer than you do with the seeds that are meant for pots.

The fourth tip that I have for learning how to grow tomatoes in pots is to make sure that you do not let the soil get overwatered or compacted tightly. If the soil gets over watered it is possible that you can drown your tomato plant in the pot. Which would not be good for your tomato production or for the plant since it would die. The best way to help ensure that this problem doesn't happen to your tomato plant is to make sure that your pot that you choose has a drain hole at the bottom of it. For the soil compaction problem you will want to gently take your finger or gardening tools and run them into the soil, but you will want to use caution as to not disturb the roots of your tomato plant.

Now I know that this is possible in the right conditions and lighting, but you can continue to grow your tomatoes in pots during the winter. However, this is a little bit harder to do and if you are like me you will experience at some point failure during the winter of your tomato plants in pots. However, it is possible to do this and I know some people that have done this with great success and have managed to keep the tomato plants in pots for several years and continue to get tomatoes off of the one tomato plant that they put in a pot several years earlier.

Growing tomatoes in a pot is rather fun to do. Not only that you do not have to be an expert gardener to grow your tomato plants in a pot. You can follow these tips that I have provided you with. You can also find many other resources that will help you learn how to grow tomatoes in a pot as well which I have used in the past as well. However, the tips that I gave are the ones that I found to help me out the most when I grow my tomatoes in a pot.

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