How deep does a pot have to be to get the best results for a tomato?

by Amanda
I have a porch and my kids love to grow stuff on the porch.

  3 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 06, 2018
    Huge is what I do, I don't know about everyone else, but mine do great in as big as I can get. I get mine at Home Depot on the shelves where they have their plastic pots, they are real reasonable. If you plan on doing a tomato in a pot, they are real susceptible to blossom end rot due to lack of calcium. I went to my local greenhouse and they had a foliar spray that you use just before the tomatoes start to ripen and that stopped it in the rest of my tomatoes after I saw it developing in some of my ripening tomatoes. You can also grind up egg shells real fine and mix it into the soil to help. Do not foliar feed your tomatoes except for the calcium spray or you may see very few tomatoes. Good luck! I have also had good luck with lettuce and peppers and herbs in pots. Just make sure the pots are a good size for the mature plant. I use at least ten inch pots for herbs and get great plants. I used one big pot and put six leaf butter lettuce plants and a pepper plant in the middle. Before the lettuce bolted in August the plants were about five feet tall. I kept them mostly in the shade and out of the hot sun when it was really hot out. Herbs can also take less sun and still grow great. Just remember that pots require more water than if you plant them in the soil.

  • Starr Wilson Starr Wilson on Jan 07, 2018
    My daughter grows hers in 5 gallon buckets. They come out great.