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Tomatoes Suitable for Containers

Sometimes you want to grow tomatoes or other vegetables but don’t have any usuable real estate. Then it’s time to turn to large pots. All tomatoes can be grown in a container. You will get more yield in a large container than a small one. I have put this collection together of tomatoes that have a smaller growth habit and are ideal for large containers. I hope you see a theme…the word “large" prefaces container. Even though they are shallow rooted. tomatoes like room to spread. They are also fairly early. Several benefits of a larger container are: more soil means less watering, less fertilizing and more tomatoes.

Bush Beefsteak was a real winner for us one year. It had the biggest tomatoes I’d ever seen and a lot of them on a small plant. Patio is another good plant that had nice sized tomatoes, perfect for a balcony or patio grouping. Cherry tomatoes; Candyland Red and Tumbler are cherry tomatoes that are also great for snacking from a pot. Subarctic Plenty, an early tomato and Taxi, an heirlom are good choices.

Dwarf (Tree Type) tomatoes from The Dwarf Tomato Project. I grew 6 of them in 2016 and was very impressed with most of them. They are perfect for a small space gardener who wants a slicer instead of the smaller tomatoes that are usually produced by most determinate tomatoes. This class of tomatoes exhibits characteristics of both determinate and indeterminate types. Historically called “tree-type,” they are now commonly referred to as dwarfs. Tree-type tomato plants have very thick main stems with minimal branching. Their foliage can be either regular or potato leaf but in either case, are rugose (e.g. dark green in color and crinkly in texture). Due to their slow growth rate, they appear from a distance to be determinate achieving three to four feet in height. However, like indeterminate, they continue to set fruit throughout the growing season. Compact and everbearing, what a great combination!

Remember that  ripening times are  from the time of transplanting into the garden.

BETTER BUSH

Perfect for large containers or small gardens. That is because the compact plants are attractive while yielding good-sized 8 oz. fruit with real tomato flavor. Stocky plants grow 3 to 4 ft. tall with an upright habit, making staking needs minimal. Determinate, early

BUSH BLUE RIBBON

A bush tomato that has a compact habit and fruits averaging an 8 to 10 oz. Attractive fruits feature an exceptional sweet flavor, with lots of juice and gel. Strong disease resistance. Perfect when grown in containers. Determinate, early

BUSH CHAMPION

All the desirable qualities of Early Girl in a compact, patio-type variety: extreme earliness, firm, meaty, flavorful fruits, blemish resistant skin with yields all summer long. Fruits are a full 4” in diameter, bright red and slightly flattened. Good for large containers. Determinate, early

BUSH BEEFSTEAK

A Favorite This was a great plant. We put it in a pot and it had the most amazing clusters of large tomatoes for such a small plant. Compact, bushy plants yield an early abundance of big clusters of 6 to 8 oz. rich red, beefsteak shaped fruit. Popular in the North because of its earliness, productivity, and large fruit size. Determinate, early

BUSH EARLY GIRL

All the desirable qualities of Early Girl in a compact, patio-type variety: extreme earliness, firm, meaty, flavorful fruits, blemish resistant skin with yields all summer long. Fruits are a full 4” in diameter, bright red and slightly flattened. Good for large containers. Determinate, early

HUSKY RED

This member of the new Husky series yields medium-sized, 5 to 7 oz. bright red fruit with very good flavor. Although the plants grow only 4 feet tall, fruit continues to appear in surprising numbers throughout the growing season. Dwarf-indeterminate, early

PATIO

Perfect for container gardening or limited space. Vines are extremely compact, yet produce medium-sized, deep oblate fruits that are smooth, firm and flavorful. Good for large containers. Determinate, early

BUSH GOLIATH

Superb size, perfect shape, continuous production. Good flavor and broad disease resistance all add up to an early tomato that will find a place in your garden. Extra large harvests of big, 8 oz. red sweet fruits. Good for large containers. Determinate, early