How to Plant Tomatoes in a Hanging Pot


Mini-gardening, the process of growing vegetables in containers, is popular among apartment dwellers as well as people who have limited space for growing their own food. Container mini-gardens are also a popular choice for the elderly or those who have little time or agility for weeding. It is even possible to grow tomatoes in hanging baskets that trail off of the eaves of a home, porch or patio. The key to planting and growing tomatoes is to select dwarf varieties that will thrive in hanging baskets.

Step 1

Plant dwarf tomatoes that will thrive in a container. Good selections for hanging baskets include Florida Basket, Micro Tina and Micro Tom.

Step 2

Mix a potting soil for your containers that contains 2 parts compost, 1 part peat moss, 1 part sand and ½ part well-rotted manure. Fill your hanging basket with this container mix.

Step 3

Hollow out a planting hole for your miniature tomato variety in the basket, using a garden trowel. Space each plant far enough apart so that it does not crowd its neighbor. You can grow one dwarf tomato plant per 1½ gallons in a container. Place the tomato in the planting hole up to its first set of leaves and fill in the hole around the tomato stem with soil.

Step 4

Hang your basket in a location where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight. Good locations for a tomato hanging basket include the eaves on the south side of a home (but not the north side), a shepherd's crook in a yard, or the rafters of a pergola.

Step 5

Water as needed to keep the soil as damp as a wrung-out sponge. Hanging baskets will dry out faster than soil in the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Peat moss
  • Sand
  • Well-rotted manure
  • Hanging basket
  • Garden trowel
  • Garden hose


  • Mississippi State University Extension: Southern Gardening
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Minigardening (Growing Vegetables in Containers)

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: "Micro-Tina" and "Micro-Gemma" Miniature Dwarf Tomatoes
Keywords: Container gardens, hanging container gardens, dwarf tomatoes

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."