Best tomato for a container ?

Iris HendryMarch 6, 2010

Hi everyone ! I need some advice ! I am going to start a tomato plant from seed for a friend of mine who will keep it in a container on her deck so I would like to ask your opinion on which varieties of tomatoes do you think are best for a container ? Thanks !


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I liked Taxi (they are yellow), determ.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:02PM
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New big dwarf did good for me. 2 to 3 foot tall and the rugose leaves made a very nice plant to look at.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:39PM
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sprtsguy76(Santa Clara Ca. 9b)

Whats the size of the container?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:40PM
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Oh, OH, I just saw "on her desk" ????

    Bookmark   March 6, 2010 at 9:46PM
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Iris Hendry

I don't think she has the container yet, I told her to get the biggest container she can find ... at least a 5 gallon size, the bigger the better ... I probably have at least 50 different varieties of tomato seeds in my seed stash but so far none of the varieties mentioned so far ... oh boy ...


    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 7:45AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Very good!
I grow a cherry tomat-o on my deck every summer. Last summer, it was Sweet 100 and Sungold.
I don't recommend growing two plants in one container, however. This year, back to one plant per pot.
I think I'm using a 15 gallon container, set in a durable, black plastic concrete-mixing tray.

I prefer a low acid tomato, personally.


    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 11:54AM
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I just bought an 18 gallon Rubermaid tote thing. I want to put a few of my Sungold maters in it. Y'all think 3 is too many or can I maybe even put 4 in it?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 1:23PM
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Why not ask what you should buy your friend for lunch? It would give about as much info as your question (no, I am not being sarcastic, just realistic). How big is her desk? How much space does she want to donate to the plant? What kind of light will it get and for how many hours a day?


    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 11:00PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)


What does desk have to do with it ? OP said deck

    Bookmark   March 11, 2010 at 2:54AM
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I planted Containers Choice Red from Livingston Seed Co. this winter and grew them under fluorescent lights in containers. The tomatoes are very tasty and the plants grow well in a 5 gallon pot. The mature fruits are about as big as a baseball and bright red. The plants have very thick stalks and thick stems and they grow to about 24" tall. The tomatoes are very good flavored. Well worth the effort whereas the Tiny Tim tomatoes were horrible tasting and not worth the effort in my opinion.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 1:19AM
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Iris Hendry

My gf told me she would really like a red beefsteak type of heirloom tomato ... so is this doable in a container ? She is thinking about having a HUGE wooden planter box built on her deck ... Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and feedback so far ;-) I appreciate it .


    Bookmark   March 13, 2010 at 7:55PM
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I would think as long as it's a big enough planter you can do pretty much anything as long as it's in a sunny enough spot. Needs lots of sun.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2010 at 9:32PM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

As long as she gets plenty of sun, any non-determinate of her choice will do well. Al

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 9:43AM
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ykerzner(9 TX)

Try 'Patio' tomato - it grows well in a five-gallon container. For good taste and growth, try 'Terrific'.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 9:26PM
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This is my second year with Tomatoes in 15 gal pots. I live in Hemet which is really hot in the summer. But the best beefsteak varieties for me have been Brandywine OTV and Beefsteak. These are indeterminate. I have had good success with Siletz and Manitoba of the determinant varieties.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2010 at 10:23PM
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Last year I fell for the upside down tomato grower. I was not successful. This year I have fallen for The Earthbox. I'm going to use miracle grow potting mix. A friend has told me to add lime to the soil so I won't have end blossom rot. In the past in addition to blossom rot, last year some of my tomatoes turned very hard and developed a disease somewhat in the in the middle of the tomato. Please help!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 10:50AM
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Anyone try celebrity in a container? I bought some for my garden and was going to put one in a container for my girlfriend.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 12:51PM
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