How to Plant Hanging Tomatoes


Growing tomatoes in hanging baskets can be a helpful gardening solution for those who have limited outdoor space. When planting hanging tomatoes, keep in mind that too much weight could break or tip the planter. Cherry tomatoes are among the best to grow in hanging baskets because they do not require much growing space to produce an abundance of fruit. You'll want to use a large hanging planter and place only one tomato plant in each pot to get the best results.

Step 1

Line a large hanging planter with a planter liner. The liners, which are usually made of organic material, help lock nutrients and moisture into the soil.

Step 2

Fill the hanging planter about halfway with potting soil that's specially formulated for tomatoes. This soil generally contains more acid than traditional potting soils to help fend off blossom end rot.

Step 3

Dig a shallow hole in the center of the soil and place the cherry tomato seedling in the hole. Fill the planter with potting soil while holding the seedling upright with one hand.

Step 4

Treat the soil with a slow-release fertilizer, following the instructions on the packaging. Hanging cherry tomatoes need the extra boost from the fertilizer because they will deplete the natural minerals in the soil very quickly without it.

Step 5

Suspend the hanging tomato planter in an area that gets full sunlight. Water the plant immediately, soaking the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes on the underside of the planter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wait until danger of freezing has passed to plant hanging cherry tomatoes. Frost can kill the seedlings.

Things You'll Need

  • Large hanging planter, at least 12 inches wide
  • Basket liner
  • Potting soil formulated for tomatoes
  • Cherry tomato seedling
  • Slow-release fertilizer


  • The Telegraph newspaper: "Best Tomatoes for Hanging Baskets"
  • "Fresh Food from Small Spaces;" R.J. Ruppenthal; 2008
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