1-2-3 Done!™ A Tomato for Every Recipe

If you plant three types of tomatoes – cherry, paste, and slicing – you'll have the right type of tomato on hand for salads, sandwiches, sauces and canning. All you need are 3 large pots, potting soil, stakes, twine, fertilizer and the tomatoes.

Materials for Growing Tomatoes in Containers

  • (3) 16-inch Containers with Saucers
  • Potting Soil
  • (9) Bamboo Stakes
  • Twine
  • (3) Different Types of Determinate* Tomatoes

Steps for Growing Tomatoes in Containers

  1. Place empty containers in a spot that receives a full day of direct sun and in easy reach of a source of water.
  2. Fill containers with potting soil leaving 1 inch of head room. This space will make it easier to water.
  3. Plant 1 tomato plant per pot. Plant deep; bury 80 percent of the tomato for the best root development.
  4. Insert 3 bamboo stakes in each pot so they surround the tomato. Tie the tops together with twine. Wind the twine around the stakes to create a teepee trellis.
  5. Water the plants well. Click here to learn about caring for tomatoes.

Determinate Tomato Varieties

Determinate Cherry Tomato Varieties

Tomatoes in Containers with Bamboo Stakes
  • Husky Cherry Red (Dwarf Indeterminate)
  • Patio FASt (Resistant to fusarium wilt (F), alternaria stem canker (A), and gray leaf spot (St).)
  • Baxter's Early Bush
  • Cherry Grande

Determinate Paste Tomato Varieties

  • Rome Patio
  • Roma

Determinate Slicing Tomato Varieties

  • Better Bush
  • Bush Goliath
  • Bush Early Girl
  • Celebrity
  • Marglobe Improved

* Determinate tomatoes stay compact and produce an abundance of fruit for a determined period of time. They are great for containers because they don't grow as tall as indeterminate tomatoes.

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