Growing Cherry Tomatoes in Pots
So, cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and even beginners can grow them without much difficulty. You may either grow these plants from seeds or from seedlings. Seeds or seedlings of your favorite cherry tomato plant can be obtained from the local nursery or through online suppliers. It will be better to get some from the local nursery. The following guidelines about how to grow cherry tomatoes in containers, will prove useful in doing this task properly.
- Though, these tomatoes can be grown in almost all climates, it will be better to plant them after the last frost (if you want them to be planted outdoors). If you want to grow tomatoes in pots, then you have to sow the seeds in small pots with potting soil.
- While the pots must have a minimum diameter of three inches, they must have a depth of at least an inch. Sow two seeds in each pot and make sure that the potting soil is maintained moist.
- It will take around 10 to 14 days for the tomato seeds to germinate. You can fasten the germination process by covering these pots with clear plastic bags. Place the pots along with the plastic bags in a warm room. As the seeds germinate, remove the plastic bags and place the containers in a location with good sunlight.
- At this stage, over watering is not advisable and all you have to do is to make the soil moist, as it gets dry. As the plants grow slightly bigger in size, you have to transfer them to larger pots. Clay pots (with 6 to 8 inches diameter) are ideal for this purpose, as they are sturdy enough for stakes. You may also opt for good plastic ones.
- Use good quality organic potting mix for growing cherry tomatoes. You may also mix some compost into it. Fill one third of the pot with this potting soil and make a hole in the center. The hole must be big enough to hold the roots of the tomato plant. Gently remove a seedling and plant in the hole. Fill the hole with enough soil and press it firmly. Don't forget to water the seedling, after planting.
- These pots must be placed in a location, where the plants will get at least six hours of daily sunlight. You must also make sure that the soil is maintained moist and not soggy. You may feed the plants on a weekly basis, with water soluble fertilizer. Another aspect of cherry tomato care is proper staking. This will ensure that the plants do not tip over as they grow.
- You must also make sure that the tomato plants are free of pests. This can be done to some extent by planting basil and marigold near your tomatoes. Other pest control measures can be taken, as per the advise of local nursery authorities or an expert horticulturist.