Even if the space in the garden for vegetable beds is not enough, you should not necessarily give up delicious vegetables from homegrown. The very favorite tomato can also be planted in pots and tubs, saving space on the terrace and balcony. Upside-down tomato plants are also a novelty that will bring delicious fruit to your terrace. Learn how to grow tomatoes hanging here and harvest your own tasty fruits this summer.
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- If you are short of space, you can grow tomatoes hanging
- Space-saving and high yield: what to look for in hanging tomatoes?
- How to grow hanging tomatoes
You can grow tomatoes hanging if you are short on space
Hanging baskets full of colorful blossoms are a common sight in summer, but how about a hanging pot of clusters of just-ripened tomatoes? Yes, you can do that! Tomato plants in hanging pots are best suited for gardens that have little or no space for planters. Hanging tomatoes require significantly more care than their in-ground or container counterparts, but are a labor of love that rewards with sweet, juicy results for the extra watering and strong support they require. Follow these tips for growing hanging tomato plants and you’ll be well on your way to a delicious harvest.
Space-saving and high-yielding: what should you look for in hanging tomatoes?
Choose the right pot
Tomatoes grow in traditional hanging baskets or upside down in specially prepared pots. Although relatively new, upside-down hanging pots present many practical challenges for growing tomatoes. Plants naturally want to grow toward the sun. When planted upside down in a special container, the tomato stems bend and form a U-shape as they try to grow toward the light. But beware: the bent stems are weak and break easily under the weight of the fruit or in high winds. Inverted pots can also partially shade the developing plant. Be sure to choose a location with plenty of direct sunlight for optimal fruit growth.
The best upside-down tomato pots are made of sturdy buckets; the popular thin, breathable plastic pots dry out far too quickly, and are rather unsuitable for this growing method. In hot, dry weather, breathable plastic pots need to be watered more than once a day. Choose a light colored planter, as dark pots can cause the roots of the plants to heat up too much in the summer heat.
When choosing a traditional hanging basket or upside-down pot for a tomato plant, size is important. Choose a pot with a diameter of 30 to 60 centimeters and a capacity of at least 5 liters of soil. Tomatoes have an extensive root system. Their root system not only ensures the growth of the plant, but also anchors it in the pot. Ample soil is essential for a vigorous plant.
Grow tomatoes hanging: Focus on light
All tomato varieties need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight to grow well and bear fruit. When choosing a location for your tomato plants, look for a spot that is not shaded by a nearby building, roof or trees. Pay special attention to patio covers, which are often used as a location for hanging plants – porch roofs typically cast too much shade for tomato plants.
The best location for hanging baskets for tomatoes is probably the south side of a building. Zones 7 and above prefer a hanging site that receives a few hours of shade from the intense afternoon sun, while zones 6 and below can tolerate a full day of sun.
Invest in an ultra-strong support
A full-grown tomato plant in a hanging basket with moist soil can weigh 20 pounds or more. Combined with the wind and the weight of the container, it becomes clear how important a sturdy support is. Buy wall anchors and hangers at a hardware store to support the hanging tomato plant.
Grow tomatoes hanging: Opt for small tomato varieties.
The best tomato plants to hang are cherry and cocktail tomatoes. These small-fruited plants stand up to growing in a container much better than large tomatoes, and their long, rope-like tendrils can be pulled over the edges of the pot. Here are 5 great tomato plants for hanging baskets.
- The hybrid ‘Midnight Snack’ is an indigo-type cherry tomato that ripens red with a glossy black-purple tinge where it is exposed to sunlight. It produces large clusters of fruit.
- ‘Tiny Tim’ is a variety with 3 cm tall, cherry-red bush tomatoes on small, neat plants. It has good disease resistance and excellent flavor.
- The hybrid ‘Tumbler’ is a bright red cherry tomato that is especially suited for hanging planters. Its compact vines bear up to 3 kilograms of fruit in one season.
- The ‘Tumbling Tom Red’ variety and the yellow-fruited hybrid ‘Tumbling Tom’ grow cascading over the edge of a traditional hanging basket, bearing many sweet, red and yellow tomatoes, respectively, 2 to 5 centimeters in diameter. The fruits weigh about 30 grams.
- ‘Hoffmans Rentita’ is a very robust variety with red fruits that ripen quickly and weigh up to 80 grams.
- ‘Gold Nugget’ variety can climb up to 150 cm and is very productive, with spicy-sweet fruits weighing up to 20 grams.
How to grow hanging tomatoes
Tomatoes planted in traditional hanging baskets or window boxes are planted much like a pot of annual flowers. Fill the container with high-quality potting soil. Add a slow-release fertilizer – a fertilizer designed for food plants is a good choice. Then set the tomato plant and water it well. Do not put the hanging tomatoes outdoors until after the Ice Saints. Plan to water your tomato hanging baskets daily, even twice a day in hot, dry weather.