Planting Tomatoes in a Growing Bag
Growing bags dry out rapidly, but the volume of potting mix can be increased, and the need to water reduced, by planting into open-ended pots inserted into holes in the bag, as shown here.
For this hanging basket project, purchase Tumbling Tom tomato plants. This variety of cheery tomato is excellent for containers because of its small, compact growth pattern. Regular tomatoes would grow too large for a hanging basket.
Line a 16"-diameter metal wire basket with a coconut or moss liner. Fill the basket about three-quarters of the way full with lightweight commercial potting soil mix. Mix in some slow-release fertilizer and hydrogels. The hydrogels absorb and slowly release water, extending the time between waterings.
For each plant, dig a hole slightly deeper that the tomato plant’s root ball. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the soil. Repeat for second plant. Water well.
For the best results, the hanging basket should be placed where it will receive at least six hours of sun a day.
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