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

Updated on January 13, 2018
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Loves gardening and growing her own vegetables. Has seen some successes but some failures too.

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

Fill small seedling trays up about 3/4 of the way with a mixture of compost and fertilizer.

If you use seedling trays put 2 seeds in each tray. If you decide to use small pots, them put 3 or 4 seeds in each of the pots.

Cover the remaining 1/4 of the pot with compost.

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

Fill a large pot up three quarters of the way with compost and fertilizer. Then using a spoon, remove each seedling from the seedling tray.

Place them into the larger pot which should be about three quarters of the way full with soil.

Then place the seedling in here and fill up to the rest of the pot with compost.

Time-line

After 4-5 weeks you should start seeing your tomato seedlings spouting and they should be big enough to transplant.

By week 7 they should be growing at a fast pace.

At week 8 there should be tiny flower emerging from the plant which is a good indication you'll soon see tomatoes.

You need to ensure that you give an organic fertilizer to the tomato plant once a week to ensure that it successfully grows.

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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

After 2 months, you should see a yellow flower emerge from the tomato plant.

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 feed your tomato plant with a fertilizer each week once they are transplanted.

This will help with the growth of the plant and the yield of tomatoes that you can expect.

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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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 4 to 5 weeks till you should see tomatoes emerging from the plant.

When they emerge they will be very tiny and green in colour. You will need to ensure that you water and fertilize 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 flowers emerging from the tomato plant you need to 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 growing 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 when they get bigger you will need to support them.

If you have bamboo sticks you can insert them into the pots and using some string ties, secure the main stalk of the tomato plant to the been bamboo stick.

This will ensure that the tomato plant will stay upright and it will also ensure sufficient support for the plant as it continues to grow.

When can you eat your tomatoes

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

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


© 2014 Sp Greaney

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    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      8 months ago from Ireland

      @Linda Bryen, thank you. Me too. Such a versatile product you can add to recipes.

    • liesl5858 profile image

      Linda Bryen 

      8 months ago from United Kingdom

      I love growing my own tomatoes and eating them as well. Tomato is one of my favourite vegetables. What a great hub, well done. I voted too.

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

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

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      helpfulhack 

      4 years ago

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

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      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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      Upendra 

      4 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 !!

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      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 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

    • sangre profile imageAUTHOR

      Sp Greaney 

      4 years ago from Ireland

      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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      Linda Crampton 

      4 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 

      4 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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