Patio tomatoes - help!

We have a very small South facing deck at our condo and I would know the best way to grow some tomatos. Should I try growing them up a small trellis?

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  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Apr 07, 2018
    I grow small tomatoes in large pots on my deck, been doing it for over 20 years. They need about 8 hours of sunlight and lots water - good fertilizer and soil.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Apr 07, 2018
    You can or a tomato cage. Just remember water well since containers dry up quicker then the ground itself but you don't want to over water cause then you end up with rotten tomatoes. I have a yard but my husband had great success with tomatoes last year in a container and the yard faces south. So it can be done. He didn't water twice a day because he had a large wiser barrel container and seemed to hold the water better then the resin kind of planters. Plus the roots could really have a lot of room. He had three plants in each and we pinched off the bottom shoots to allow plant to grow up and not waste energy sl close to the dirt for fear of the weight of the tomatoes resting on the dirt and causing them to spoil. Also we rotated the container every couple of days to make sure that the entire plant s were getting that hot sun. Hope this helps. If you like badil, it grows well in the same pot with the tomatoes.

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 07, 2018
    A trellis would expose the vines to maximum sunlight—good! But you will need to be diligent about using cloth ribbon or cloth strips to loosely tie the vines and tomatoes to the trellis as they grow. Cherry, plum, and grape tomatoes grow nicely on small trellises. ☺️

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 07, 2018
    I grow mine in a large (24") planter on the south side of the house, I put 2 plants into the one pot to force them to be root bound and produce more "up top" I water them every day unless it's raining and am usually eating vine ripened Early Girls by the end of June. I live in zone 3

  • Bets Bets on Apr 07, 2018
    A trellis might be a good solution in small places . OR.. in Any good planters or a pail.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 07, 2018
    I use a twenty four inch pot for the tomato I put in a pot each season. I use a tomato cage, but it is usually not tall enough, anyway. I supplement with those tall metal poles you can get at Walmart, Home Depot, just about anywhere and use the Velcro gardening tape to train them up. My Early Girl supposedly patio tomato was five foot high from the top of the pot! Watch for blossom end rot, potted tomatoes are prone to it, it is caused by calcium deficiency. I got a foliar spray supplement and you spray the leaves with it for quicker absorption to the tomatoes, it works quickly to stop other tomatoes from getting rot.

  • Alice Alice on Apr 08, 2018
    You can Grow Perfect Tomatoes in Containers or Grow them UP-SIDE-DOWN Watch the video...