How to Hang Tomato Planters


Container gardening allows you to have a garden without the need for a garden bed. If you don't have enough room for traditional planters, many vegetables can also be grown in hanging baskets. Small-fruited tomato varieties, such as cherry tomatoes, grow well in baskets. The vines grow over the edge of the basket and the fruit hang down attractively. Hanging tomatoes in baskets has specific requirements that differ from traditionally grown planter tomatoes and garden bed plants.

Step 1

Choose a sturdy hanging basket that is at least 12 inches deep and 14 inches in diameter. Choose basket with drainage holes in the bottom or drill four ½ inch holes if the basket doesn't have any.

Step 2

Fill the basket with a quality soil-less potting mix to within 2 inches of the rim. Mix in a slow-release fertilizer, following package instructions for application amounts.

Step 3

Plant the tomato seedling in the center of the basket, sowing it 2 inches deeper than it was at in its nursery pot. Remove any leaves on the bottom of the stem that will end up below soil level.

Step 4

Drill a hole one size smaller than the hanging hook into a sturdy beam where it won't pull free under the weight of the basket. Screw the hook in completely then tug on it to ensure it is well-anchored.

Step 5

Support the bottom of the basket with one hand and slip the end of the hanger over the hook with the other. Have a second person hang the basket while you support it if it is heavy or awkward.

Step 6

Water the basket from the top until it drains from the bottom drainage holes, ensuring the soil is evenly moist throughout. Check the soil daily, as hanging baskets dry out quickly. Water when the soil surface begins to feel dry.

Step 7

Fertilize the basket with a nutrient solution daily after the initial slow-release fertilizer has been used, approximately one month after planting. Follow the fertilizer label instructions for exact fertilizer amounts.

Tips and Warnings

  • Tomatoes cannot survive frost. Bring the basket inside when frost threatens and hang it near a sunny window so the remaining fruit can ripen on the vine.

Things You'll Need

  • Basket
  • Drill
  • Potting mix
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Tomato transplant
  • Hook
  • Nutrient solution


  • Texas A&M Extension: Vegetable Gardening In Containers
Keywords: hanging tomato planter, cherry tomatoes, container garden

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Jenny Harrington is a freelance writer of more than five years' experience. Her work has appeared in "Dollar Stretcher" and various blogs. Previously, she owned her own business for four years, selling handmade items online, wholesale and via the crafts fair circuit. Her specialties are small business, crafting, decorating and gardening.