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10 Tips
To Grow Tomatoes In Containers
Large Containers
What you want to do is ensure that you plant tomatoes in huge pots. Gardener Oasis recommends that you want a pot no smaller than 18 inches x 18 inches, but if you have a larger one, bigger is always better.
Clean Your Containers
If you want to have healthy tomato plants, you need to grow your tomatoes in sterilized containers, but soap and water aren’t enough. Instead, use a mixture of 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach and a gallon of water, and make sure to empty the previous soil and clean the container thoroughly.
Bury Your Roots Deep
The trick to long-lasting tomato plants is a solid foundation, so when planting a tomato seedling, first remove or pluck out a few of the leaves at the bottom, which will give you an extended root. Dig a hole in the container soil that is deep enough to accommodate almost the entire plant, put the plant in the hole, and cover it right up.
Using either a drip hose or a watering can, give your plants about 1.5 inches of water per square foot. You should water your plants once a week — or every two to three days in the heat of summer — and you want to water at the roots rather than the top.
In And Out Of The Sun
Of course, you don’t want to leave your plants in the scorching sun all the time, and it’s best to take the heat off from noon until 4 pm daily. If you don’t want to move your plant, you could instead mulch the soil to protect it from the sunlight and hot breeze.