The Best Tomato Plants for Earth Boxes

EarthBoxes are containers that allow gardeners to grow a variety of vegetable crops all year round. The EarthBox is made of a recyclable plastic material and is 29 inches long, 11 inches high and 13 1/2 inches deep. Plants grown in EarthBoxes require less water and fertilizer, but produce twice the crop yield. The container weighs approximately 80 lbs. when filled and comes with caster wheels that allow for easy mobility.

Big Boys

Considered one of the all-time best sellers, the Big Boy tomato grows well in the EarthBox garden container. The aromatic big boy is known for its juicy, meaty texture and its delicious, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Plants are prolific producers and the tomatoes are a deep-scarlet in color and range from 8 to 9 oz. in weight. Place Big Boy plants in full sun for six hours a day, and crops will be ready to harvest in 78 days. Allow big boy tomatoes to stay on the vine until they are are fully ripened. Due to the large size of the fruit, Big Boy plants should be staked. Serve big boys freshly sliced and use on burgers and sandwiches.

Patio Princess

Considered the ideal container tomato, the Patio Princess tomato is a good choice for using in an EarthBox planter. The Patio Princes tomato plant is a heavy producer, which means you'll have an abundance of these little tomatoes to use in salads, soups, sauces and pastes. The Princess Patio tomato is approximately 2 1/2 inches in size and weighs 4 to 5 oz. Patio Princess tomatoes thrive in full sun and are ready to harvest in 65 to 68 days. Harvest tomatoes once they have turned a deep-red color; allow tomatoes to remain on the vine until you want to use them.

SuperSteak

For those who like a good slicing tomato, the SuperSteak is the tomato for you. This 2-lb. tomato has a smooth skin; a juicy, meaty texture; and an excellent beefsteak tomato flavor. The SuperSteak is ideal for planting in an EarthBox container. SuperSteak tomato plants need at least six hours of full sun each day and normally require staking to help plants support the large tomato. SuperSteak tomatoes are ready to harvest 80 days after planting. Pick tomatoes when they are red and ripe; allow tomatoes to remain on the vine as long as possible to ensure the best flavor.

Roma VF

The easy-to-grow Roma VF tomato will thrive when planted in an EarthBox container. The VF means that the tomato is resistant to the common tomato diseases verticillium wilt and fusarium wilt. Roma tomato plants require at least six hours of full sun each day and will produce a crop in 76 days. The Roma tomato is plum-shaped, has a meaty texture and is bright red in color. Harvest Roma tomatoes when they are fully ripe, allow fruit to remain on the vine for as long as possible. Use Roma tomatoes to make salsa, sauces, pastes, stews and soups.

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