CON­TAINER CROPS

NZ Gardener - - The Good Life -

• If you want to grow toma­toes in pots, choose va­ri­eties bred for this pur­pose. Stick to cherry toma­toes, tum­bling toma­toes and de­ter­mi­nate or bush toma­toes. Most are quick to crop within 120 days from seed.

• Take your pick from ‘Tum­bling Tom Red‘ (Eg­mont Seeds, pic­tured) or its cousin ‘Tum­bling Tom Yel­low‘; ‘Tiny Tim‘ (Yates); ‘Bal­cony‘ (Eg­mont Seeds), ‘Con­tainer Choice Red F1‘ (Kings Seeds) or ‘Pa­tio F1‘ (Eg­mont Seeds). • Aim for non-per­me­able pots at least as big as a 10-litre plas­tic bucket (for a sin­gle plant) or cut holes in a 40-litre bag of pot­ting mix and slip seedlings straight into it. • The main chal­lenge is al­ways wa­ter­ing. Toma­toes in hang­ing bas­kets need a good soak twice a day; an au­to­matic ir­ri­ga­tion drip­per is best. Never water the fo­liage. Use a pot­ting mix that in­cludes a wet­ting agent.

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