How to Grow Tomatoes in Hanging Planters

Overview

Tomatoes are an appropriate choice for growing yourself. They have high yields during harvest time, and they can be grown indoors or outdoors. They can even be grown in smaller spaces like apartments or dorms with hanging planters. If you hang the planters in a sunny window it will eliminate the need and extra cost of grow lights. They'll provide a lush look in a window, as well as fresh tomatoes for your table.

Step 1

Make sure your hanging planter contains a liner. If it doesn't have one, purchase one separately and put it in the planter.

Step 2

Choose a tomato seedling plant to grow in your planter. Cherry tomato plants work best for this purpose because the fruits are smaller. Heavier fruits may put too much weight on your hanging planter and cause it to fall.

Step 3

Fill your hanging basket halfway with your soil-less potting mix. This type of soil will help to keep the basket light so it does not fall. Add 2 cups of compost to enrich the soil.

Step 4

Set one tomato seedling in the center of the pot; your hanging planter will not be able to support more than one plant. Add more potting mix around the roots. Cover the roots and stem with the soil up to the first set of leaves on your plant. This will promote stronger rooting. Press the soil mix firmly around your plant.

Step 5

Add fertilizer immediately after planting your tomatoes. Repeat fertilization every two weeks. Increase fertilization to every week when your plant begins bearing fruit. Keep the fertilizer at least 3 to 4 inches from the base of the plant to avoid application directly to the roots.

Step 6

Water your plant well in the morning so the soil is moist. Add water to the soil; avoid wetting the leaves and fruit directly to avoid damage to your plant. Water your tomato plant daily, increasing to twice daily on hotter days. Make sure the soil does not dry out by the end of each day.

Step 7

Remove dead or brown leaves as they appear. Also remove unhealthy-looking tomatoes, which will begin to appear after one and-half to two months. This will help to keep the rest of your tomato plant healthy and free of insects and disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging basket with liner
  • Cherry tomato seedling
  • Soil-less potting mix
  • Compost
  • Low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer

References

  • Advanced Home Gardening: Cutting-Edge Growing Techniques for Gardeners; Miranda Smith; 2001
  • Best Tomatoes for Hanging Baskets
Keywords: indoor vegetables, hanging tomatoes, container plants

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for over 15 years. Coe is the former publisher of the politics and art magazine Flesh from Ashes. She has worked to protect water and air quality. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University.