Information About Growing Tomatoes in Pots

One of the favorite plants for gardening enthusiasts is the tomato. However, in recent years, even those with a limited interest in gardening have begun to explore growing this kitchen staple at home. For those who have limited space to dedicate to growing their own food, there are still methods to accomplish this goal. Growing tomatoes in pots is a relatively simple introduction to apartment gardening.

tomato potThe first step in successful growth is selecting the right pots. Tomatoes need plenty of root space so, one that can hold a minimum of three gallons of soil is ideal. It can be constructed from clay, plastic, or even a durable wood, such as cedar or redwood. The pots should be non-toxic so as to not contaminate the growing plant.

Even though most commercially made pots have holes for drainage, it is important for an inch or two of gravel to be placed in the bottom. It reduces the chance of water becoming trapped in the bottom and turning rancid.

On top of the gravel, a soil capable of supplying the necessary nutrients should be placed to within a couple of inches of the top. Yard soil generally lacks the nutritional viability necessary to create a bountiful garden. Potting soil is ideal. There are also commercial grade soils designed specifically for tomatoes available on the market.

A hole must be made in the center of the soil that will allow the root ball of the plant to sit approximately three inches below the top of the soil. Only one should be made per container. Excess plant growth that is below the soil line must be removed. Otherwise, it will rot and compromise the integrity of the entire plant.

Once the root ball is placed in the hole, the soil should be packed gently around it. Using pots requires that the base of the plant be supported, without being crushed. Often, gardeners will create a small indentation at the base of the plant to encourage water towards the root base.

The plant needs to have an ample supply of water after being transferred. This encourages the roots to spread into the new soil.

Unless the variety of tomato chosen is very small, using a stake is ideal. Otherwise, the plant may begin to fall over, potentially contaminating carpet or causing rot in the places on the ground. Staking it at the beginning of the process is a critical step in growing tomatoes in pots. This reduces the necessity to disrupt the plant as it grows. The less a grower must disrupt the plant, the more the plant can focus energy on growth.

Everyone can benefit from learning how to have their own garden, no matter how limited their space. Tomatoes are one of the easiest plants to begin with. These steps can assist those with limited knowledge in becoming more empowered in their gardening efforts. This trend is likely to continue as people realize the necessity of taking control over their own destinies.