Posted by jjj on May 08, 2003 at 11:44:30:
In Reply to: Tomatoes posted by Rhonda on May 07, 2003 at 06:52:07:
Tomatoes can be grown very well in containers. You need the biggest containers yoy can get (5 gallon bucket is the MINIMUM size-bigger is better). Get a mix of small to medium size tomato varieties; Patio, Cherry, Early Girl, Better Boy etc. Beefstake and other large varieties will not do as well in pots.
You will need to stake them somehow so get that in the pot next to the tomato when you plant it so as not to disturbe the roots later.
The biggest thing about growing tomatoes in containers (or anything for that matter) is that you need to WATER it SEVERAL times a week. The smaller the pot the more water it needs!!! Almost everyone I know who has tried to grow container plants usually ends up getting tired of watering every other day, and by the middle of summer their plants are dead because they are not willing to make this sacrifice.
I have over 50 containers around my house with everything from lettuce, radish, spinach to Calla's, elephant ears, and other annuals. It takes me over 2 hours every 2-3 days to keep all these plants happy & healthy.
As long as you are prepared for the extra time it takes to care for continer plants yours will do very well. Good Luck