How To Grow A Container Tomato Garden


Growing tomatoes is a rewarding experience, whether you’re growing them indoors or outdoors. You can eat them right off the vine and use them in recipes. Plus, they’re easy to grow, especially in containers! Here’s all you need to know about growing your own tomato plants at home (or even at work).

Will They Grow Indoors Or Outdoors?

If you’re looking to grow tomatoes indoors, look for a bright spot with lots of sun. If you’re growing them outdoors, make sure they get plenty of sunlight—but don’t worry if they’re getting partial shade.

Tomatoes are a warm-weather crop that grows best in soil that drains well. They need at least six hours of full sun each day and temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius) during the day and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 Celsius) at night.

Choosing the Right Soil

You’ll want to choose a soil that is light and well-drained. You should also check the pH balance of the soil. If it’s too acidic or basic, you may need to add lime or sulfur to adjust it before planting.

  • A good starting point for soil is sandy loam with a pH of 6.5–7.0 (slightly acidic).
  • Soil amendments like compost can also be added at this time if desired (up to 30% by volume), but are not necessary unless your existing soil does not have enough nutrients for plant growth.

What Kind of Tomato to Grow

  • Determinate tomato plants are bush tomatoes. They grow to a certain size, then stop. Indeterminate tomatoes are vining tomatoes that continue to grow and produce fruit until the first frost.
  • If you want to grow your tomato plants indoors, you can start with an indeterminate variety and train it to be a determinate (bush) plant by pinching off some of its tips when they reach about six inches tall. This will keep them from getting too big for their container—and also give you more tomatoes per plant!
  • If you’re growing in an outdoor garden during summer months in Canada or the US, choose determinate varieties that ripen earlier than most other varieties do: these include Celebrity Hybrid Cherry Tomato and Roma VFTM-1R (Roma).

Choose the Right Container for Your Space and Tomato Variety

One of the most important considerations when choosing a container is its depth. You’ll want to ensure that your plant has enough room to grow, and it’s best not to skimp on this by going with a shallower planter! A good rule of thumb is 12 inches for your container’s diameter, at minimum. This will give you enough space for root growth and allow you to have an ample amount of soil for planting tomatoes.

You should also be sure the container has sufficient width (at least 12 inches) so that your tomato plants have room to grow without crowding each other out. Additionally, make sure the height of your chosen planter meets or exceeds whatever height requirements are stated in your seed packet or on a tag attached to each tomato variety; this will help prevent light from reaching only parts of some plants while allowing others access all around them instead

With proper care, your container tomato plants can give you a bright harvest all year long.

With proper care, your container tomato plants can give you a bright harvest all year long.

Container tomatoes are a great way to grow tomatoes in small spaces. They’re easy to care for and require little maintenance to get them producing fruit throughout the year. Growing your own tomatoes is also environmentally friendly because they don’t need chemical fertilizers or pesticides.


Growing tomatoes isn’t difficult, and it can be a lot of fun. Just remember to keep the plants warm, provide plenty of water and nutrients, and watch for signs of disease. Growing tomatoes in containers means you don’t have to worry about digging up your lawn or buying expensive soil amendments—but it does mean that you need to pay special attention to watering and feeding schedules. If your plant doesn’t get enough nutrients from its soil mix, then it will look sickly or stunted; if it doesn’t get enough water, then its leaves may turn yellow or brown before they die off completely (and while this is normal when plants are drying out on their own accord).

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