Many people living in urban areas may not have an expansive yard for growing fresh tomatoes. This is where growing them in containers can be the way (sometimes the only way) to go. Just about any tomato can be grown using containers as long as they use the right set-up. Determinate tomato types usually work the best for containers because they grow to a particular height, and are much easier to handle in a small space. These ten best tomatoes for containers are a mix of determinate tomato types, with a couple indeterminates that are also suitable.
1. Patio Princess – If the word “patio” is in the name then they must be good for growing on patios, decks, and balconies, right? Absolutely! The Patio Princess is a relatively small plant that produces some of the most delicious little tomatoes ever. The plants typically only reach about 2 feet tall and produce a continual stream of 2-1/2″ fruits.
2. Bushsteak – The Bushsteak tomato is ideal for growing in containers and small gardens since the compact plant only grows to 20 – 24 inches in height, but produces large, juicy tomatoes.
3. Sweetheart of the Patio – The Sweetheart of the Patio is another variety that is perfect for containers on a balcony, or deck. Another compact plant that produces one inch tomatoes, bursting with super sweet juiciness.
4. Marglobe – The Marglobe offers heavy vine growth for a determinate, and produces large, globe-shaped fruit. Tomatoes are ready to pick after 73 days.
5. Baxter’s Bush Cherry – Baxter’s Bush Cherry features vigorous growth and productive yields that’s perfect for the patio or balcony. The fruits are a deep red color and are resistant to cracking. This bushy determinate doesn’t need staking or cages.
6. Sweet Baby Girl – The Sweet Baby Girl is an indeterminate variety that still doesn’t get too tall in most cases. The plant produces sweet, red cherry tomatoes loaded with rich tomato flavor.
7. Gardener’s Delight – Gardener’s Delight is an heirloom cherry tomato variety that has become a favorite among many container gardeners. This productive plant features one inch fruits have a nice balance between sweetness and rich tomato flavor.
8. Balcony – Balcony tomatoes are the answer for anyone interested in growing tomatoes in containers. It is just the right size for small pots and produces an insane amount of 2″ – 2-1/2″ fruits bursting with flavor.
9. Stupice – Stupice is a German heirloom variety that grows well in containers. It delivers super early tomatoes that are two to three inches in diameter.
10. Tumbling Tom Yellow – Tumbling Tom Yellow is great for hanging baskets and containers. Have the plant cascade over the edges of a hanging basket for a beautiful arrangement on the balcony or front porch. It bears a ton of yellow tomatoes that are one to two inches in size that are deliciously sweet.