Instructions for Hanging a Tomato Planter


Hanging a tomato planter provides visual appeal in the garden and also protects the plant from nematodes, fungus and other soil-borne diseases. You can choose from plastic or wooden planters or wire baskets. Although wire baskets lined with coconut fiber are attractive, plastic is inexpensive, easy to plant and is slower to dry out, the Clemson Cooperative Extension notes, making it a solid choice for thirsty tomato plants. Wooden planters pose an attractive option for those with bigger budgets.

Step 1

Drill drainage holes in the hanging planter if necessary.

Step 2

Fill the hanging planter two-thirds full with the lightweight growing medium. Add 1 tbsp. of slow-release fertilizer and 2 tbsp. of water-retaining granules. Mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Transplant one or two tomato plants into the planter. Use grape, cherry or pear types, recommends Indiana University. The University of Florida Extension recommends Tiny Tim, Micro-Tom, Sweet 100 or Florida Basket tomatoes for hanging baskets.

Step 4

Place the root ball toward the bottom of the planter and cover the stem up to the first true leaves. Add more growing medium around the plants and firm the surface. Water immediately.

Step 5

Fasten the chain to the planter. Place the tomato plant outdoors in an area that gets six hours or more daily of sunshine after the last chance of frost has passed. Insert a J-hook in a solid joist, not in plywood, under an eave. Hang the planter from an S-hook if necessary to lower it and permit easier watering.

Step 6

Water once or twice daily, especially in hot conditions when moisture in the hanging basket will evaporate rapidly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid wire hanging baskets lined with coir (coconut fiber) when growing tomatoes to avoid excessive water loss, according to the University of Illinois Extension.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill and bit set
  • Solid plastic or wood basket, 14 inches across
  • Lightweight growing medium
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Water-retaining granules
  • Chain
  • J-hook
  • S-hook


  • University of Illinois Extension: Making Hanging Baskets
  • Clemson Cooperative Extension: Hanging Baskets & Window Boxes
  • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: Container Gardening
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Minigardening (Growing Vegetables in Containers)
  • Indiana University: Gardening solutions

Who Can Help

  • YouTube: Perfect Hanging Baskets
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Rogue Parrish has written two travel books and edited at the "The Baltimore Sun," "The Washington Post" and the Alaska Newspapers company. She began writing professionally in 1975. Parrish holds a summa cum laude Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.