How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers

Short on time or space? Growing tomatoes is a breeze with the help of a little sunshine and a compact container.

Red tomato plant in green container

How to Grow Tomatoes in Containers

Tomato plants grown in container pots work perfectly on a porch, deck or patio.


By Ann Wied
Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Not enough time or space for a full garden this year? Tomatoes are great in containers!

1. Choose a compact, bush or dwarf variety. You’ll find lots of them available.

2. Select a container large enough to provide support for your plant.

3. Put the container where it will get at least 4 hours of sunlight every day.

4. Water whenever the top 2 to 3 inches of soil feels dry. This may be every day if the weather is dry and hot. Keep watering until the water drains through the bottom of the pot, but don’t let the plant sit in excess water.

5. Fertilize once a month throughout the growing season with a fertilizer labeled for vegetable plants.

About our expert: Ann Wied is consumer horticulture educator for the UW-Extension in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

Tomato Container Photography by Emilia

laila elbermawy 1 May 1, 2014 at 12:37 am

Good idears very helpful


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