Container gardening is all the rage nowadays. With limited space, learning how to grow your own organic cherry tomatoes can actually be done. Here are some tried and tested guidelines to keep a thriving container garden wherever you are.
1. It’s all about the pot. The rule of thumb in growing cherry tomatoes in a pot is to use a pot that’s at least 18 inches deep with wide opening. Tomatoes possess large root systems and with enough sun, water and food, their roots can grow extensively and fast! This 18-inch 5-gallon veranda planter, for instance, allows ample room for its root system to grow. More room means rapid growth and healthier, more succulent harvest.
2. Choose varieties that fit your needs. When gardening on limited space, choosing varieties that don’t outgrow your pot or don’t make your gardening space too crowded. Look for bush, dwarf, determinate and short-season varieties. Though they mature faster, they stop growing at a certain point. Determinates and bush tomatoes, for instance, can only grow as much as 2 to 3 feet tall and produce fruits in 2 to 3 weeks time. Dwarf varieties can only reach up to a foot and can do well in small pots or when space is too tight for your container garden.
3. Take extra care with the “planting”. If you want to grow healthy, succulent cherry tomatoes, two things come to mind– plant seedlings not seeds and don’t overcrowd. Sowing seeds direct into the pot will only slow down germination and growth. Instead opt to buy seedlings for a good start. As much as possible, plant one variety into a single container to prevent “competition” for water, space, and nutrients.
4. Choose your soil well. Indeed, it’s economical to use garden soil as you can easily scoop out some in your own backyard or that of a friend’s. However, you will also be inviting weed seeds, pests and fungi. Potting soil may also be too heavy for your pots. Instead, choose to buy organic potting mix like the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. With good potting mix, you can ensure tough anchorage and support for those extensive root system while guaranteeing proper drainage, topnotch airflow and more nutrients seeping into your tomato seedlings. All to stimulate faster, healthier and more succulent produce.
5. Don’t skimp on Mr. Sun. Let your cherry tomatoes drench in the glorious rays of the sun. At the very least, exposing them to 6 hours of sunlight each day will prove to grow healthy juicier fruits. Having winter woes? Fret not, as there are various ways to harness optimal sunlight via specially-designed device like the VIPARSPECTRA . Simply expose your potted cherry tomatoes to its V300 LED Grow Light and you can reap the rewards albeit minimal sun exposure.
6. Be generous when it comes to water, too. Aside from the sun, your cherry tomatoes will also need ample water to keep moisture content of soil while distributing nutrients to its vast root system. Water them at least once a day and ensure that soil is moistened evenly with water-soluble fertilizer every week. As much as possible, your choice of pot must have proper drainage. Make sure also to bring them in during heavy downpour lest you want to drown it.
Bottom line is: Container gardening is a fun and practical way to grow your own fruits or vegetables. These tips for growing cherry tomatoes in a pot can be of great help when starting one on your own. To add, here’s a video tutorial on how to grow cherry tomatoes even with such limited space —