The Secret to Growing Huge Tomatoes in Pots

Growing tomatoes has never been so easy!

And you don't need a big space to yield hundreds of pounds of tomatoes from just a handful of container plants.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to select the right plants for container gardening and fertilize, water, and grow tomatoes in pots with big results—even if you don't have a "proper" garden, and even if your only space is a patio or balcony.

Choose the right type of tomato.


Determinate types (also called bush, compact, or patio plants) are usually the best tomato plants for containers, as they grow to a predetermined size.

Start with a strong and healthy transplant.


Ideally, the tomato plants you start with should have been repotted at least once, and hardened off properly so they’re ready to live outside in the sun.

Don’t be shy with container size, and choose a fabric pot over a plastic pot.


When it comes to tomatoes, the bigger the pot, the better.

Use high-quality potting soil.


Plants in containers need a good combination of breathability, absorption, and moisture retention.

Feed your tomato plant well.


Tomatoes are heavy feeders and need ample nutrients to produce well and long into the season.

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