Growing Tomatoes in Containers
Using patio planters makes growing your own tomatoes easier than ever. You can choose between the Climbing Tomato Patio Planter, which has a three sided metal climbing frame, or the Bush and Trailing Tomato Patio Planter, designed for tomatoes that are happy growing without a climbing frame.
Also, you can use one of the three general use Vegetable Patio Planters (we recommend the deepest one for climbers, or the medium one for bush tomatoes.)
If you're using a planter without a frame to grow climbing tomatoes, you'll need to provide some kind of support - 2 or three ordinary garden canes should be adequate, then use some of our Soft-tie to gently tie the plants to the canes as they grow (it's a good idea to leave space for the stems to grow when you tie around them).
If you plan to grow from seed we recommend rootrainers for the best start, or you can buy some small plants from your local garden centre who will be able to help you choose the right sort of tomato.
Two tomato plants should be enough to fill a Tomato Planter. The planters have drainage holes in the bottom, but we recommend adding a thin layer of gravel/stones at the bottom to assist with drainage. Then fill with a good-quality multi-purpose compost to about 4cm from the top of the planter. Water the plants and allow to drain before planting them. Also water after planting, but be careful not to soak the compost.