Easy to grow...keep the plant in a pot large enough to accommodate the roots. A large clay pot works best to preserve dampness in the soil.
While the plant is small, place a stake or tomato cage around the plant. That way it will grow and be supported when the tomatoes grow and the branches become heavy.
Keep the pot and plant in the sun and water daily.
First you need a very large pot and a place that gets at least 6-8 hours of sun.
Make holes in the pot, if they are not there already. Put pieces of broken clay pots, rocks or broken bricks over the holes on the inside of the pot.
Fill with good potting soil that will drain well. I add hydrated soil polymers to retain moisture.
Plant the tomato plants. Patio type tomatoes are best because they won't grow so tall and viney. You may have to stake the patio tomatoes and will definitely need a stake for indeterminate kinds. Use bamboo, a 1 x 2 or buy a tomato cage.
Keep the plants well watered and fertilize after they begin to flower.
Container tomatoes are really fairly simple. I agree a large clay pot is the best answer but if you don't have one or can't afford one, a 5 gallon bucket works well too. Take a hammer and a nail and tap about 4 holes in the bottom of the bucket. Fill the bucket one to two inches deep with gravel and then the rest of the way with soil and your tomato seeds or seedling. When the plant is about 6 inches tall, stake it so it will be supported throughout it's growth. Don't forget, tomatoes LOVE nitrogen! They absolutely adore acidic soil, carrots and marigolds. Consider adding one or two small marigolds to your bucket. Water your tomatoes when the soil feels dry. Over watering can cause root rot and dampening off. Also , it is better to water from the bottom up rather than pouring water on to your plants. So, place your tomato bucket on a large tray ( I use old rubbermaid lids) and pour the water in the tray the roots of your plant will draw up the water as needed.
I hope this helps answer your question! Be sure to check out my hub page for other helpful hints, tips and tricks!
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