PostHeaderIcon Secrets to Growing Tomatoes in Containers

Have you ever wondered why do people grow tomatoes in a container even when they have a yard or garden? Well, the answer is simply, for better control, flexibility and convenience.

Tomato plants thrive on warm temperature, ample sunlight and good drainage system. Occasional fertilizers add a booster to the plant’s nutrients and encourage the production of big, juicy tomatoes. Similar to planting in the ground, it is advisable to grow tomato plants indoor carefully and transplant them only when they are strong enough. In transplanting, you ought to bury as much of the plant stem as possible. This promotes good formation of the roots, which results in an excellent base foundation for your tomato plant.

Growing vegetables in containers allow you to control the state of your growing medium. Once you have discovered your success secrets, you can rinse and repeat in your future gardening projects. You can opt for total soil-free gardening, organic gardening or a mixture of both. A recommended recipe for good container gardening soil mixture for vegetable growing is 40% compost, 40% peat moss, and 20% perlite.

Weeding and messing with garden dirt is not required in container gardening. However, container vegetables will require extra care in watering and fertilizing. Tomatoes grown in containers have restricted root coverage and their growth is limited by the amount of water and nutrients in the container. During summer, you may even need to water your container vegetable plants up to twice daily to prevent it from wilting. Give your water thirsty tomato plants adequate water and you can look forward to a good harvest.

One of the methods commonly used to minimize water evaporation is to apply mulch to your containers. This also helps to keep weeds down if you are using compost or garden soil. Both pine bark mulch and black plastic mulch work great.

Increase the usage of fertilizers to twice its normal amount when your tomato plants start to blossom. This helps to encourage fruit production and results in better yields. Always keep your fertilization rate constant.

I know it looks good to have your tomato plant blossoming with tasty-looking tomatoes. However, it is advisable to pick your tomato fruits once they are ripe as this encourages the plant to produce a new fruit.

Growing tomatoes in containers is indeed a very flexible and productive gardening practice. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your container gardens, as tomatoes are generally hardy plants.

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