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Does anyone have any advice/experience with growing tomatoes in pots instead of a garden. I am going to be moving to a new apartment that has a nice balcolny and I would like to grow tomatoes. I have seen people grow them in pots before, but I have never tried it myself. Thanks.
 

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You can do it two ways<br><br>
Choose dwarf varieities meant to grow in pots<br><br>
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Get large containers to grow them in<br><br><br><br>
One of the big things about growing fruiting plants in containers is they can't dry out. So you either have to water them two - sometimes three times a day in their prime when the sun is really hot and in the sky for a long time - or you need to get a container large enough so the roots don't overtake the soil (I hope that made sense....)<br><br><br><br>
I've grown them in pots (both kinds) - and they produce well (as long as you don't forget to water). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Or - like Oatmeal does - grow hydroponically (I don't know anything about that - he'd have to fill you in)
 

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cool. i was just gonna ask the same Q. what about yellow tomatos. do they need to grow in certain areas? or need certain attn??<br><br>
thx!
 

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Treat a yellow tomato plant just like a red tomato plant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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dopeness. yellows are me fave. thx mouse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Yeah it's said to grow tomatoes in minimum 5 gal pots. dvmarie is right about the drying out and watering twice a day. They still might wilt a bit, but that's OK, they'll recover just fine when it gets cool.<br><br><br><br>
I find a drip irrigation system highly practical for pots on the pation. If you install a timer, it'll irrigate automatically as often and as long a day as you like.<br><br><br><br>
As dvmarie said, dwarf plants are a good way to start. If you have limited space, I'd recommend choosing "determinate" varieties, which means that they plants grow to a certain size, then set fruit and don't grow any further. Most tomatoes are indeterminate, which means they just keep growing and producing new fruit. This is nice but soon you might find your balcony resembling a jungle - tomatoes are fast growers.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, most tomatoes you buy in the store are determinate varieties. The uniform size + the facts that all fruit ripens at once makes it easier for farmers. Roma is an all time favourite determinate, dvmarie mentioned that she's growing some.<br><br><br><br>
Tomatoes are quite hardy plants. Good luck!<br><br><br><br>
p.s. yeah! of course there is the possibility of hydro growing. but that's only for the technically inclined, and/or people with enough $$$ to buy ready-to-use garden setups <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I live in NY and just bot two organic tomato plants from my HFS. The weather here is just horrible- it will be rainy and 58 for the next couple days. I think its too cruddy out to plant them but a few of the leaves are turning yellow.<br><br>
ANy advice?
 

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maybe you should go ahead plant them? it might be better for them to go in the soil when it's not hot and yo get accustomed to the environment before it gets hot again... otherwise you have to do the 'hardening off' thing which I, for example, am too lazy to do anyway! so i, if i can, usually wait until we have a few cloudy days and set seedlings out then, without hardening off.<br><br><br><br>
i think tomatoes are had to kill, they will just grow slowly when the conditions are not optimal.
 

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I love my tomatoes! One of my favourite parts of summer is eating my home grown tomatoes. I plant three or four in a small plot every year. This year I planted three kinds - beefsteak, a cherry strain and one other (just an ordinary kind - can't remember the name). Last year I grew a cherry tomato plant in a large pot and had cherry tomatoes all summer. I find as long as they get enough water tomato plants do quite well.
 
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