Tomato Plants - Knowledgebase Question

schaumburg,, Il
Question by agreen630
June 27, 2010
We have several tomatoe plants that are doing okay. We can't seem to get a plant to give us big tomatoes. How do take care of them and have we bought the wrong kind. The plants are in pots.

Answer from NGA
June 27, 2010


The mature size of the tomatoes really depends upon the type of tomato you are growing. Some are naturally small (patio or cherry, for instance) and some mature at only about 3" in diameter. Others, such as Beefsteak, can grow to huge proportions. So, the size of the tomato really depends upon the type, and of course the growing conditions. Tomatoes will adapt to growing in containers so that shouldn't affect the production of your plant. They need full sunshine, adequate water and a little fertilizer after the fruits first set. Since you're growing yours in pots you'll want to use a half strength dilution of a water soluable fertilizer rather than a granular fertilizer. This way you won't run the risk of accidentally burning the plant with excessive nitrogen. As long as your tomato plant is growing well and looks healthy, the size of the tomatoes is probably just right for the type of tomato plant you are growing. Best wishes with your tomatoes!

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