Asked on Jun 25, 2013

Container tomato plants

Catherine SmithFlowerscapes Garden Design & Landscaping360 Sod (Donna Dixson)


Ok, I probably did it all wrong,but here's the deal. I planted two big boy tomato plants in big pots . two in each pot. I put a little lime in the soil when I planted and have not done anything since except water it. Have big pretty plants have blooms and now even a few tiny tomatoes. Do I fertilize it now and if so with what. years ago, I over fertilized and had beautiful plants and blossom drop. Now scared I should fertilize some
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  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 26, 2013 far so good @Betty ! The fertilizing will need to be done sooner or later, depending on what type soil you used to begin with and how big your pots are. Those awesome plants you have grown will soon deplete the soil because they are heavy feeders. You can pick some miracle grow for tomatoes up at nearly any garden center or at a homedepot, walmart, lowes, ace hardware. Follow the directions on the label so you don't over fertilize them and you should be fine.

  • I grow my tomatoes in pots so I don't have to worry about the soil. I admire you growing the big boys. I so far have only planted Sweet 100 in my pots. I have to plant 4_5 pots so some will actually make it from hand to table rather that hand to mouth.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jun 26, 2013

    Donna and I disagree, but then I'm an organic gardener and wouldn't touch Miracle Grow with a 25 ft pole. That crap will kill your soil over time, because it's a chemical made fertilizer. Yes, tomatoes are heavy feeders, but there are organic fertilizers out there that will do the job, just as well if not better. You may have your pots way full since Big Boys are large tomatoes. If you can rig an trellis outside your pots, you can train each on to grow up on it. It will allow more air and sunlight to get to the majority of the plant. If they start drooping, you get blossoms and no fruit, drench the plant with Epsom salts water (1 teaspoon to 1 quart of warm water(mix well). They may also need calcium, and the cheapest easiest way to go on that, are human calcium tablets. Just stick a couple down in the soil on the outer edges of your pot. I am currently growing heirloom tomatoes (German Johnson and Purple Cherokee) in 5 gal pots on the patio, since my bend no longer cooperates well, I have had to cut back on what goes out in the main garden.

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