My wife and I are going to finally start doing some sort or form of
gardening. Aside from flowers and shrubs we decided to try growing some
cherry tomatoes in pots. We bought some plants about 8-12" in hight and how
are stuck with the now what question? Any tips on what to do with the plans
after we transplant them into larger pots. Fertilizer etc... needed?
Put then in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun. Keep them evenly
moist. Use about a tablespoon of fertilizer per pot each week once they
start growing. You will probably have to stake them or use a tomato cage or
they will sprawl.
This is all just my opinion gathered from my experience. I have been
gardening a while and have never had any luck with potted tomatoes. I
would suggest finding a place to put them in the ground. I know pots
can be done but down here in Texas I think the plants get baked in the
afternoon and never do well. They grow great in the ground. If you
are new to gardening I don't want you to get discouraged by potted
Good luck and have fun.
There are some advantages to growing tomatoes (and other veggies) in pots.
First of all, you can move them to a spot where they will do well. If you
think they are getting too much or too little sun, you can move them.
Containers can dry out, but you use far less water then you would if you
were watering them in the ground. Also, it is easier to control weeds and
apply fertilizer. I have had great luck growing tomatoes, pepper,
eggplants, cucumber, and zucchinis in pots on my deck.
That's a good reason to go for a pot that looks ridiculously large when it's
empty at the store, and makes you say "Jeez...we don't need one THAT big".
Yeah...you do. It won't dry out as quickly while everyone's at work.
No need to repeat what others have said. But, mulch the surface of the soil
with something organic, like lawn grass clippings (from lawn that has NOT
been treated with any pesticides or herbicides). Or, buy a bag of shredded
cedar or hardwood mulch. Achieves two purposes: Helps maintain even
moisture. If tomato plants get dry, and are then watered, and go through
repeated episodes like this, the tomato skins may crack. And, since your
plants will already be at a disadvantage being in pots, they need all the
help they can get. The second purpose for the mulch is so that when the
tomatoes fall off, they'll stay cleaner than if they were on bare soil.
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