The Q&A Archives: Tomatoes in pots

Question: I live in dfw area and want ot know if growing tomatoes in pots is a good thing and which types do well in pots?

Answer: Tomatoes can be grown in containers but rather than using garden soil, select a quality soilless potting medium as these allow for optimum root growth, soil moisture retention and nutrient availability. Containers should be a minimum of 5 gallons per plant although larger is better. Be ready to be more diligent with watering and fertilizing as a container grown plant has a very restricted root system.

Varieties that have shorter daystoharvest intervals tend to do better here in Texas. We have a short growing season for tomatoes in between the last frost of winter and the hot weather of summer. Once daytime temperatures reach the 90s and nights the mid70s, tomatoes will start to abort their blooms. This is more pronounced on larger fruited types than on cherries. The goal is therefore to get as many tomatoes as possible set before hot weather arrives.

Many famous old varieties, such as Brandywine, are excellent quality tomatoes, but may not set very heavily before temperatures shut production down. Patio, Pixie, Tiny Tim, Saladette, Toy Boy, Spring Giant, Tumbling Tom, and Small Fry are better choices for your container garden.

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