Updated: Jan 5
Growing potted cherry tomato plants can be a lot of fun. You will enjoy the fruit that you are able to grow, and have more options for what to do with them. Plus, they are much easier to take care of than larger potted plants. In this article, we will discuss potted cherry tomato plants and how to take care of them properly! Keep Reading to find out the perfect cherry tomato anyone can grow in their home.
I'm fortunate enough to have a large window facing south so I'm able to grow potted cherry tomato plants.
If you also have a large window facing south, you can do the same! But if not, don't worry! You can still grow potted tomatoes in your home as long as they get plenty of sunlight throughout the day.
Potted cherry tomato plants need at least five or six hours (or more!) of direct sunlight each day. If those potted tomatoes are inside with limited sun exposure, then it's important to give them artificial lighting instead such as under-cabinet lights on a timer set to turn on for up to 16 hours per day.
I started the seeds directly into the pots I'll be using throughout the entire winter to grow my tomatoes. Due to the lack of space, I'm using pots that are a bit small for tomato growing but I'm still going to give it a try. So far, as you can see in the tomato images below, they are looking excellent!
I just used the soil I had that I already had sitting here, which is just a seed starting mix. I'm using 8-inch pots because that's what I have and space-saving so I can grow my other interesting things in my window. Ideally, you'll want to use a five-gallon pail for tomato plants.
This is the seedling mix that I'm using from Amazon
I also put 1 handful of this fertilizer which I am not affiliated with, click here to check out this fertilizer.
I'm going to be using potted cherry tomato plants, which are also known as patio tomatoes. These small potted tomatoes produce a lot of fruit and they're very similar to regular cherry tomatoes with the same light green leaves and bright red fruits on them! Just like any other type of tomato plant, you must make sure your potted cherry tomato is getting enough water, or else it may wilt from being underwater. I water them every two days depending on the weather.
There are some diseases you'll want to look out for when growing potted cherry tomatoes such as Early blight, Late Blight, and Septoria Leaf Spot. These come from over-watering, lack of air circulation, and/or poor soil drainage so make sure those factors don't affect potted cherry tomato plants in your home throughout their entire life cycle.
You may not have potted cherry tomatoes growing in your home yet, but that's okay! Start small and you will be able to grow potted tomato plants soon enough.
As long as potted cherry tomato plants get plenty of sunlight and enough watering, it should be good to go!
Happy growing potted cherry tomatoes in your home this winter. You will love watching those bright red fruits grow on the potted tomato plant throughout the season!
Indeterminate vs Determent Cherry Tomato
I'm growing indeterminate cherry tomato plants. Indeterminate cherry tomato plants grow and produce fruit until they are killed by frost. Determent cherry tomato plants stop growing after they have grown to a certain height. If you don't have much space I suggest growing a determinate type of cherry tomato.
The perfect tomato plant for any home! This tomato only grows 6 to 9 inches tall, it only needs a 6-inch pot, and has many orange cherry tomatoes on it. You can find this tomato at baker creek, the name is Orange Hat Tomato.
Growing cherry tomatoes in the house over winter is a fun and easy way to get excited about spring. You'll be able to enjoy fresh, ripe tomatoes all year long! The key is just finding the right pot for your space. If you would like to ask some questions, don't hesitate to comment below.