Tomatoes For Hanging Baskets - Knowledgebase Question

Stockton, VA
Question by brichardson
March 11, 2001
The deer feasted on all of my tomato plants last year. This spring I want to plant them in hanging baskets out of reach of the critters! What varieties of cherry tomatoes will grow well in hanging baskets?

Answer from NGA
March 11, 2001


Tomatoes are more demanding when grown in containers since they have a large root system and need a consistent supply of water. You can ease your watering chores by mixing a moisture-retentive polymer with the potting soil. You may also want to use a pulley system to raise and lower the baskets so you can maintain them easily. Here are several varieties to try:

'Tiny Tim' is an old favorite for hanging baskets with a 15" long stem. But its fruit is tough-skinned and not the best for flavor. 'Cherry Gold' is a golden version of Tiny Tim, but better flavored. 'Red Robin' grows 8-12 inches tall with masses of red 1" fruit. 'Small Fry' is a 1970 AAS winner which is considerably bigger at 40" tall, but it is still recommended for hanging baskets. 'Toy Boy' grows a foot tall with lots of small red fruit.

My suggestion is to grow several of these choices, only one to a basket, and see what suits your taste!

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