How to Grow Tomatoes in a Pot

20 April 2018

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On your Marks, Get Set, Grow!

There's nothing like the taste of homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked from the vine and spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and have a go at growing some yourself!

What you will need:

- Tomato Plant, Peat-Free Compost, 35cm Pot, Gardening Gloves, Tomorite Tomato Feed 1.3L, Watering Can, Trowel, Bamboo Stakes (two 6ft, one 3ft), Jute String -

What to do:

Step One: Fill your pot with compost until it reaches the rim

Step Two: Pat down the compost so it is even

Step 3: Push the two 6ft bamboo stakes into either side of the pot until secure

Step 4: Using your trowel, create a hole big enough for your tomato plant to sit in

Step 5: Carefully tease the tomato plant out by gently squeezing the pot to loosen it (tip: avoid touching the stem)

Step 6: Place the tomato plant into the hole in the soil and firm in, making sure to re-cover any gaps

Step 7: Secure the final (3ft) bamboo stake as a horizontal support, using jute string to tie in place

Step 8: Water well - focus on watering around the plant rather than over the leaves

Step 9: As soon as fruits start to develop, feed the plant with Tomorite

TOP TIP: Make sure you pinch out the very small leaves/shoots between the central stem and the branch - these are called 'suckers' or 'axils' and removing them will ensure that the plant's energy goes into producing fruit instead of leaves