Contrary to popular belief, growing hanging tomato plants isn’t as easy as planting container tomatoes. This is mainly because the plant’s roots have the tendency to curl up, facing the direction of the sun, and then the plants themselves tend to turn up, towards it. When such a thing happens, the growing stems often snap the lower roots, and the entire tomato bunch is suddenly turned up into a U-shaped mass trying to rise up. Just when you think it’s going to get easier, it doesn’t.
The key to growing hanging tomato plants successfully is finding adequate sunlight for the amount of time that your garden grows. But where does this get them? The most ideal place is the backyard. If you’re lucky, there may be a patch of shaded outdoor garden space with direct sunlight, or a nearby building which has large windows with clear glass walls. If that’s the case, you just need to learn how to properly install a hanging tomato growing system to get the most sunlight into the plants.
Some of the best tips on how to grow tomato plants on a window facing an outdoors garden area might include shading the area by installing a trellis to give some shade, or building a raised bed with gravel or paving slabs. Another idea is using an inverted glass bowl filled half-way with water so the water pools up toward the plants instead of splashing into the garden below. You can also put cut stones or other objects into the water for depth and support. You’ll find these tips on how to grow tomato growing systems and tomato growing buckets on other websites, too.
If you have your own greenhouse at home, consider using a hanging tomato plant support or tomato Growing Bag as a solution for the light and moisture requirements of your tomato plants. A large pot or plastic container will work if you don’t have much room for a tall tomato plant stand. These are both very useful and inexpensive, too.
One way to help provide proper drainage for your tomato plantings is to place several layers of gravel in a hole. Start by digging a hole several inches deep, then add a layer of sand (for proper drainage) as well as two more layers of gravel. After you’ve arranged the gravel layer in the hole, put the soil in the bucket and fill in around the gravel. Make sure you rinse away all of the soil before you re-pot the plant.
When growing tomatoes, it’s always best to keep them in the hottest part of the day. Plant them about three feet apart and allow them to become accustomed to cooler evenings. This is because the morning sun is most important to healthy growing conditions. Most tomato growers find that placing their plants about eight feet apart from each other in a row also produces the most sunshine throughout the day. But, you must also remember that direct sunlight can be damaging to your tomatoes if it hits them hard enough. If you must place them close together in a row, place them on the east or west side of your house.
When the weather begins to become hot, it’s time to repot. Remove the tomato plant from its window box and dig a hole a foot deep and three feet wide and two feet outside of the base of the plant. Fill with loosely packed dirt until the newly planted seedling has room to root. Water the plant until water starts to run out of the soil. Wait two weeks, then gently repot the seedling.
Once the weather changes, put the tomato plant into a sunny window-box. Set the lid so that air can enter the box but leave the top open. Water the tomato seedling well, about twice a week during the hottest part of the day. As the plant begins to develop roots, remove the lower half of the trunk and take the tomato plant inside. The soil in the box will need to be filled with new soil, adding one inch of sand to each gallon of soil. Water well and let the tomato stay there until the first set of leaves appears.