Posted by jjj on July 09, 2003 at 12:25:42:
In Reply to: Container Gardening of tomatoes in New England posted by Sue Bronson on June 29, 2003 at 13:40:11:
If you already have 18" plants you have a good start. Just get some BIG containers, 5 Gal size should be the minimun size you use. 1 Plant per pot!!
Put a tall stake in the pot when you plant the tomatoes (5') and make sure the stake goes all the way to the bottom for extra stability. If are growing these along a deck rail or trellis you could use the existing structure for tying the tomatoes and can disregard the stake.
Plant the tomatoes :). Once planted tie up as necessary, fertilize every 2 weeks with a liquid fert such as miracle gro for tomatoes. And most importantly WATER THEM. Plants in pots can require water every day or two depending on the size of the pot. The smaller the pot the more water it needs.
Don't just put a cup or two of water in the pot, take a hose with a gentle spray nozzle and water the plant until the water comes out the bottom. Do this as often as needed for your climate.
I have over 50 large pots (bigger than 5gal) with flowers, herbs & yes tomatoes and they get watered at least every 3rd day if Mother Nature doesn't do it for me. It takes extra time to take care of potted plants but they are really taking off right now, and this is the time of the year that I realize that the dedication is really worth it. Good luck.