How To Plant Cherry Tomatoes In A Hanging Basket Container

Published: 27th May 2010
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Copyright (c) 2010 Kaye Dennan

I was walking through a garden center one day and spotted a hanging basket that had a fruiting cherry tomatoes growing in it and the whole look was fabulous. Bright red and green little tomatoes dropped down over the side. I just had to buy it! The set up of the cherry tomatoes looking so delightful in a hanging basket container was something that I have not forgotten and am planning to grow myself another one this week.

The mistake I made with the one that I purchased was not to put it into full sunlight because I could see it better in a position with just dappled light. This did not help the plant at all and it did not grow as well as it should have but I won't do that again. The green tomatoes that were on it did ripen, but the plant didn't really grow that well after that.

How To Set Up A Hanging Basket With Cherry Tomatoes:

- Purchase a wire basket, not too small. I am going to aim for one 14 inches across the top. I will put a coco liner in to hold the soil

- The soil will be prepared with organic compost and 8-8-8 fertilizer

- I am going to use the container watering method so I am going to 'plant' 2 small plastic containers either side of the plant and will be filling those with water so that they drip feed the water, rather than the once or twice a day watering of the whole pot

- Find a spot to hang the basket where it receives at least 6 hours full sunlight every day

This time I am going to hang the basket from the side of the patio roof where it will get the sun nearly all day long. That is why I have chosen this particular watering method because I know the plant will receive water slowly throughout the day.

What Tomato Plants Will I Grow?

This time I am going to grow a bright red cherry tomato and in a few weeks I will plant another hanger and will plant a yellow grape tomato. I am so looking forward to getting them set up. I am so excited.

Since the time when I bought the first set up we have moved and where we live now we have wild parrots visit morning and night for a feed. We will have to see who wins the fight over these beautifuly cherry tomatoes! The parrots or me!


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