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It’s Tomato Time in South Florida

Tomato Gardening
Master Gardener volunteer Adriana Gregory places veggies in the Mounts Botanical Garden vegetable demonstration area.

Container gardening is a great choice for people who live in condos and apartments with limited gardening space, and now is the best time of the year to plant tomatoes.

Choose a 5-gallon size container with plenty of drainage holes. Tomatoes have large root systems, which must be accommodated by the large pot. Fill the container with professional potting soil and plant a University of Florida recommended tomato variety that will produce well. Fertilize every two weeks with a water-soluble plant food that contains secondary elements, such as calcium. It will take approximately 90 days from seed to harvest.

Here are some suggested container tomatoes:

  • Florida basket - a dwarf tomato for hanging baskets; produces 1-inch fruit or 6-inch plant
  • Floragold basket - grow 3 plants in a 12-inch hanging basket to produce lots of yellow cherry-size fruits
  • Tiny Tim - round, red, ¾-inch fruit on 18-inch vine
  • Micro-Tom - an extremely dwarf type tomato for 4-inch pots
  • Sweet 100 - big plant, small fruit in clusters

For complete information on growing tomatoes, access the University of Florida publication "Tomatoes in the Florida Garden" at:


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