If you plant three types of tomatoes – cherry, paste, and
slicing – you’ll have the right type of tomato on hand for
salads, sandwiches, sauces and canning. All you need are 3 large pots, potting soil, stakes, twine, fertilizer and the tomatoes.
Materials for Growing Tomatoes in Containers
- (3) 20-inch Containers with Saucers
- Potting Soil
- (9) Bamboo Stakes
- (3) Different Types of Determinate* Tomatoes
Steps for Growing Tomatoes in Containers
- Place empty containers in a spot that receives a full day of direct sun and in easy reach of a source of water.
- Fill containers with potting soil leaving 1 inch of head room. This space will make it easier to water.
- Plant 1 tomato plant per pot. Plant deep; bury 80 percent of the tomato for the best root development.
- Insert 3 bamboo stakes in each pot so they surround the tomato. Tie the tops together with twine. Wind the twine around the stakes to create a teepee trellis.
- Water the plants well.
Determinate Tomato Varieties
Determinate Cherry Tomato Varieties
- Husky Cherry Red (Dwarf Indeterminate)
- Patio FASt (Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St).)
- Baxter’s Early Bush
- Cherry Grande
Determinate Paste Tomato Varieties
- Rome Patio
Determinate Slicing Tomato Varieties
- Better Bush
- Bush Goliath
- Bush Early Girl
- Marglobe Improved
* Determinate tomatoes stay compact and produce an abundance of
fruit for a determined period of time. They are great for containers
because they don’t grow as tall as indeterminate tomatoes.