How to Hang Cherry Tomato Plants


Hanging cherry tomatoes allows those with limited space for growing a garden access to fresh produce through the summer. Growing tomatoes in hanging containers is gaining popularity because hanging tomatoes tend to be stronger, healthier plants and are virtually pest- and disease-free compared to those grown in the ground. The compact size of cherry tomatoes is what makes them ideal for hanging up. As long as they have plenty of sun and water, you can be assured of an abundant crop of tomatoes all summer.

Step 1

Use one 5-gallon bucket with a metal handle for each cherry tomato plant you will be hanging. Drill a 3-inch hole in the center of the bottom of the bucket; there is usually an indentation you can use as a guide.

Step 2

Remove the bottom sets of leaves from the cherry tomato plants, so there is only one set of leaves at the top of the stem. Remove the tomato plant from the container it was grown in and loosen the root ball slightly.

Step 3

Place a cherry tomato plant through the hole in the bucket, so the stem is on the outside and the roots inside the bucket. Holding the plant by the roots, fill the bucket with soil until the plant is secure in the bucket.

Step 4

Hang the bucket up by the handle in a location that receives full sun all day. Be sure the bucket is hung up high enough to allow for the cherry tomato plant to grow downward at least 3 feet.

Step 5

Water the cherry tomato plants thoroughly after hanging up. Water once a day, as hanging plants tend to dry out faster than those grown in the garden. During hot weather, you may have to water twice a day. If the plant begins to wilt, you need to water it.

Step 6

Add fertilizer beginning two weeks after planting. Use a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus, 5-10-5, to encourage abundant fruiting. Use a liquid, water-soluble fertilizer for best results and water in well after applying, according to the manufacturer's directions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Hang up the bucket before watering so it is not so heavy. Stop fertilizing cherry tomato plants when the fruit is becoming ripe.

Things You'll Need

  • Cherry tomato plants
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Electric drill
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


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About this Author

Amy Madtson resides in southern Oregon and has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008, focusing on health and gardening for websites such as eHow and GardenGuides. Madtson has an Associate of Arts in business from Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. She holds a childbirth educator certification and a one-year midwifery completion certificate.