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How to Grow Hanging Tomato Plants

By Lishah Smith ; Updated September 21, 2017

With limited gardening space and the popularity of tomatoes, many home gardeners enjoy hanging tomato plants. In full-sun locations, plant baskets not only decorate patios and decks, they provide tomatoes throughout the growing season. Tomato varieties and hybrids make it possible for anyone to grow this plant in hanging containers. In fact, the University of Illinois Extension office says tomatoes are grown more than any other vegetable in American gardens.

Secure hanging containers with double brackets on structures that offer support for weight up to 60 pounds. Plant tomatoes in containers that are a minimum of 10 inches deep to allow room for root growth, with a maximum of two plants per container.

Hang the tomato plants in a full-sun location. Tomatoes require partial to full sun to ripen and meet nutrient demands.

Plant a companion plant with each tomato plant. For example, the use of basil helps deter flies and mosquitoes. Dill and mint help provide soil nutrients and improve tomato taste. Borage reduces the quantity of tomato worms. Plant different companion plants in containers, hanging beside each other, to give tomatoes the companion benefits.

Trim tomato plants after they begin blooming to increase bud production and fruit yield.

Use a time-released fertilizer that is specifically made for tomatoes in the potting container soil. Water plants daily to prevent soil from completely drying out, particularly in full-sun locations.

Support plants with a small planting stake in the container. Grow dwarf varieties and hybrids to reduce plant support and nutrient needs for hanging containers.


Things You Will Need

  • Hanging brackets
  • Water
  • Time-released tomato fertilizer
  • Dwarf tomato varieties and hybrids
  • Companion plants
  • Planting stakes
  • Plant containers


  • Yellow Canary, Tiny Tim, Cherry Gold, Red Robin and Small Fry are starter dwarf tomato varieties recommended by the University of Illinois Extension office.


  • Do not grow tomatoes in previously used potting soil. There is an increase in blight and other diseases when you recycle potting soil.