Every grow season many are seeking answers to this question “What is the best soil mix for container Tomato’s ?”
So many shops, brands and marketers are out for your dollar. So, first we must do our very best to answer this question, to help you produce fantastic mouth watering fruits that you can be proud of.
Because if we make the right selection and follow the right steps towards growing Tomato’s it can be very rewarding.
Also, when we we fail it can be very disheartening. This is why we have compiled this list of sites from other well respected sources to help you make an informative choice.
Video: Urban Tomatoes in Pots by Marty’s Garden
Answers to Growing Successful Container Tomatoes
One of the first steps in growing tomatoes in pots is to pick a good potting mix. You need to fill the pots with a soil medium that works best for container growing.
There are a lot of options to choose from: potting soil, potting mix, topsoil … even soil straight from the garden.
Tomato Dirt best advice – Fill your container with a good potting mix (rather than potting soil) and wet it slightly. (Some gardeners call this an “artificial medium” or “soil-less mix.”) Potting mix is different than potting soil. Nurseries all over the country use a good mix to start seeds and plant containers. You can find affordable mixes at your local discount store, home improvement store, or local garden center. Or you can make your own. source: www.tomatodirt.com
Common Mistakes Growing Tomatoes in Containers – Growing tomatoes in containers is almost always an adventure. It can be incredibly rewarding, or flat out disastrous. Sometimes epic failure can happen for reasons beyond your control like tomato blight or a ridiculously wet or cold summer. But there are some common mistakes (trust me, I’ve made all of them, many more than once) that if you can avoid them, will vastly increase your chances of growing tomatoes in containers successfully. source: containergardening.about.com
How Do We Know if our Container Tomato Roots are Healthy When we use a premium organic container mix for growing any type of plant including Tomato’s, we always end up with a healthy root structure. The only way the root structure could become ill would be from either under watering, or over watering.
The other issue may be we over water one week, then let it dry out too much the next. The answer is to keep the soil moist not wet.
This will help the plant develop a healthy root structure like in the image above.
In the image above we can see that the roots are nice and white,,no browning off or grayish tinge.
You can also see in the image above that the root system is growing straight up and down and not twisting around the container. Once the plants roots start to twist it is starting to become root bound.
It is best to transplant the your Tomato into another container, so it’s roots can search out for more nutrition in the soil.
When re potting your plant make sure you use a premium container mix and water in well after you have finished.
This will remove any air pockets in the soil. Also, if you have some liquid seaweed extract available use that when watering in the plant after replanting.
Liquid seaweed is wonderful for root shock and this will help the plant jump back to life much faster.
Below we have more blog posts about Growing Tomatoes.
So, please follow the links provided and keep getting educated. This way you are bound to have a successful harvest this grow season.
Also, don’t forget to share this educational posts with others, so they can start growing fresh healthy Tomato’s at home too!
Happy House & Garden Crew