Growing Tomato Plants In Pots
There is nothing that could be more engaging and relaxing than having your patios decorated with delicious and luscious plants that you can view right at the start and right at the end of your day. I’m sure you’ve noticed in some movies or selected artworks that they feature and depict a patio augmented with green and leafy plants and vegetables. It looks absolutely beautiful and inviting. With the right tips and advice from the experts, you too can transform your ordinary patios into an extraordinary landscape of artwork just by adding home-grown plants in those cute, attractive pots.
As you know, there are several varieties of plants you may wish to grow in pots, but being the most popular amongst homeowners are tomatoes. Why tomatoes? This is because tomatoes are basically easy to grow and maintain. There’s no need for fancy and expensive gardening tools required. Knowing the right soil, location, application of fertilizers of choice, and love of work is all that it entails.
The Tomato Checklist
Size does matter – when it comes to growing tomatoes in a container or pot, always remember that bigger is better. The essence is the soil capacity – a bigger container means the more soil it can hold. Growing tomatoes requires the roots to have more space to promote optimum growth. A typical tomato plant can grow for up 6-8 feet tall depending on the soil, maintenance, and fertilizers you use.
Soil – with regard to the soil composition, many non-organic-farming practitioners argue that it is better to use potting mix because a good potting mix significantly yields favorable results. However, others also pointed out that using ordinary (natural) potting soil promotes better growth and is a safer method. Either way, it all ends up to the decision of the gardener. Note that potting mix is obviously expensive but as they say, and probably will always say, it is worth the money.
Fertilizers – if you want to use fertilizers, you need to understand first that not all fertilizers are the same. Considering that you are growing tomatoes in pots, you want to use fertilizers that provide a well proportionate and balanced fertilizer that has higher nitrogen content, especially when your tomatoes are young; you need more leaves and foliage growth.
Some Common Mistakes in growing Tomatoes in Pots
1- The use of small containers – the roots of tomatoes need more space so be sure to use bigger containers.
2- No Stakes – even determined tomatoes still do need some proper staking. It is not that complicated though. You can use metal rods, sticks, or basically anything sturdy for growth support.
3- Too much water – don’t binge on watering because too much watering will result to Blossom End Rot (BER), split tomatoes and stressed plants. But make sure that your tomatoes are also not deprived of water. The key is to have a working drip irrigation system of basically watering them sparingly.
4- Know when to stop and change – stop the use of fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen upon maturity and opt to using fertilizers that are low in nitrogen, high in phosphorous and potassium. Never use fertilizers rich in nitrogen once your tomatoes are flowering.