Top Tips for Growing Tomatoes in Pots
Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Multi-branching variety 'Sweet Aperitif' tomato plants
This is a view of the 'Sweet Aperitif' tomato - an incredibly prolific cherry tomato that is the gift that keeps on giving. They are multi-branching meaning that each truss breaks into 4 - 5 more trusses and then each of those trusses breaks out again, resulting in this cascading waterfall of tomatoes you see here - essentially a huge amount of fruit.
“Don't forget to feed your tomato plants once a week with a tomato fertiliser.”
They are indeterminate so are best grown using the cordon method with the main stem supported and side shoots removed.
When growing tomatoes in pots:
Feed your plants once a week with a high potash fertiliser. A basic tomato feed like Maxicrop organic tomato fertiliser works well.
When potting up to their final positions, add in some slow release plant fertiliser.
For cordon types, the fruits will get heavier as they ripen, so be on alert and add an extra bamboo cane to hold back the plants as they lean over. Otherwise, they may topple and snap.
Here, you can see a lot of the fruit has been stripped from the lower trusses and now the uppermost truss is ready for picking. The sheer volume means you do get small-ey ones but on average, the are not a bad size.
Late summer when there is a high risk of blight, I remove most of the leaves from the plant in the hope that any remaining fruit will ripen quickly.