The Secrets to Container Tomatoes and Clever Potting Tips

Love fresh tomatoes but don’t have room for a garden? No problem! Grab a pot, some soil and watch GardenRx host Loren Nancarrow teach you the secrets for growing the finest container tomatoes…

25 Responses to “The Secrets to Container Tomatoes and Clever Potting Tips”

  1. Awesome thank you. I love tomatoes but I’m moving into an RV so I needed a
    way to keep them healthy in a container. (: Thanks for the tips

  2. I grew tomatoes in a home made self watering container. It did well, but
    right when the first cherry tomatoes were about ready to be picked, I got
    the blossom end rot. I looked up what it was because it was my first time
    encountering that problem. I read that it was caused by a lack of calcium.
    So I bought some bone meal and poured some into the water tank below the
    plant’s soil area. Within less than a week the tomatoes were doing very
    well! No more rot and the tomatoes tasted awesome!
    I grew other things in my self watering containers and they all did well,
    except for the carrots. They took too long to grow, but they did look nice.

  3. So, I have a few questions about growing tomatoes. Right now it’s just my
    wife and I and we don’t go through a ton of tomatoes, but enough to warrant
    growing them ourselves.

    I would should for a fairly small plant, or a few. I don’t have a lot of
    space…literally I do not, my back yard is a huge steep hill. So, my wife
    has these:
    18″ planters boxes for the deck railing.

    Would it be feasible to grow a few small plants in the boxes? We would most
    definitely support the boxes so that hangers wouldn’t break, and would
    start off with one and split it when it grows large enough.

  4. northernfirepower Reply April 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’m looking to double a large potter (like the one in this vid) for use
    with a tomato plant on center then 2-3 green beans plants on the outside of
    a cage. Do you have any concerns about roots becoming overwhelmed and how
    deep into the soil do their roots generally go, I’d like to use some type
    of filler in the bottom of the pot to help with drainage and cut down on
    the potting soil? Thanks

  5. good stuff sir

  6. El Buitre De Madrid Reply April 27, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Hi i have a question about tomato plants
    I am growing some san marzano tomato plants in pots and i started 3-4 weeks
    ago. Now the plants are about 8-10 cm so i am wondering at this stage how
    should i look after them.
    Are they ok to be at direct sunlight for 6-8 hours per day or this is too
    much considering the sun here is quite hot specially around midle day .
    Also how frequently should i water them?
    Thank you

  7. Love this. My plants are growing on my fire escape!!

  8. Tomatoes

  9. @CupRockTV By the way. I am a 71yr. old vet. so I am living proof that
    you’re never too old to learn. I have a TILLER but I prefer no till
    gardening. That is really a unique way to grow produce and they’re very
    healthy. Keep up the good work.

  10. That’s a good idea, we’ll look into that! Thanks.

  11. Yes, we do stake all our tomato plants.

  12. This is a great video.

  13. Your delivery is interesting and not boring at all! Your advice is
    excellent. I will be looking for more of your videos. Thank you.

  14. Best video yet I’ve seen!

  15. wow u really know wat ur talking about thanks allot

  16. Great video thank you. I am just about to plant indoors a Bush early girl
    tomato plant. this helped me a lot

  17. YES!

  18. hi clownloverful, egg shell, when broken down, will provide some calcium to
    the soil. however, they break down very slowly. Newly distributed egg
    shells would probably not be of much use to your tomatoes in the short run.
    Probably better to toss them in the compost pile and for later use, after
    your compost has cooked.

  19. Could you please tell me what that white powder was again that you
    added?…Calcium what?….Thank you.

  20. Glad you like it, please tell your friends! And keep watching, we’re just
    beginning to edit lots more of Loren’s great garden tips including a
    special on everything you ever wanted to know about growing tomatoes but
    didn’t know who to ask!

  21. Little Blue Frogs Reply April 28, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Hiya, How do I stop the soil from drying out to quickly? I water twice a
    day but it is still really dry in the summer in the South of France and My
    tomatoes stuffer.

  22. Dear MsSpencerInFrance, As far as we can tell, there is no way to keep a
    tomato, in a pot, during the summer, watered enough. Like you, we simply
    water them everyday. Tomatoes in the ground, that’s a different story. Our
    garden is a small urban garden, we use raised beds and after planting we
    lay on a three to four inch layer of mulch to maintain moisture. This works
    fine for us and now we only water twice a week. Good luck and let us know
    it your tomatoes turn out this season!

  23. I was told that grind-up egg shell in the soil would help my tomatoes grow.
    Is this true?

  24. Don’t you stake your tomato plant?