Learn growing tomatoes in hanging basket if you are an urban gardener, this way they will not take much space.
Tomatoes require a lot of space to grow and if you have a small garden, growing them in a hanging basket is an apt way to create vertical space.
Juicy, plump, small, big, round and colorful tomatoes are one of the most favorite crops, whether you have a garden or not you can grow them in hanging baskets.
Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets
Your success in growing tomatoes in hanging basket depends on three factors— Choosing right variety, size of the hanging basket, and providing the right growing conditions. If you satisfy all of the three, you can easily reap rich homegrown tomatoes in the harvesting season.
Choosing Right Tomato Variety
You can not grow regular tomato plants. Only the varieties of cherry tomatoes do well in hanging baskets—‘hundreds and thousands’ (UK variety) are highly productive, and its mini tomatoes taste great as well. It grows bush-like and trails down nicely in hanging baskets. Other recommended varieties like Tumbling Tom (both red and yellow) provide classic tomato taste and deep red Maskotka gives juicy flavor and fruit heavily.
Choosing a Basket
Take a 12 inches deep basket as these varieties can grow well in small pots. Line your basket with plastic or coconut fiber liners. You can also line it with plastic. For this, make some drainage holes in the plastic and place it inside the basket, make sure to spread it properly. As hanging baskets dry out quickly, lining them helps to keep the moisture in the soil.
How to Grow Tomatoes in Hanging Basket
Don’t sow the seeds directly in the basket, transplant seedlings into it or buy a young plant from the nursery. Use potting mix instead of garden soil and add slow-release fertilizer before planting. Additionally, you can add a 1-inch layer of manure over it. Later, once the growth perks up, feed your tomato plant occasionally with potassium-rich liquid fertilizer for optimum growth.
Hang your basket in sunniest spot. Tomatoes need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to form fruits. Care about watering because hanging baskets cannot hold water for a long time and dry out quickly. Water your tomato plants daily, if you live in the hot climate, water twice in a day in summer.
Additional Tips for Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Basket
- One plant per pot is ample.
- Cover it with mulch to stop evaporation.
- If your basket is big enough, you can also plant herbs like basil, chive, and mint with tomatoes.
- Vinca, marigold, and nasturtium are good companion plants, too.
- Don’t hang your basket at a windy spot and find a stable structure to hang it.
- If grown in drier conditions, tomatoes split up. Do regular watering.