How to Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes in Pots


Growing beefsteak tomatoes in pots is one of the easiest ways to start container gardening. And a container garden helps you to maximize your available space.

Here are the reasons

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Select the Right Pots

Select a pot that is big enough to contain the plant. This will ensure  that your container holds the adequate soil to provide water and  nutrients for your plant’s growth.


Select the right Soil

The ideal soil for beefsteak tomatoes should be loose, rich in minerals  and should not have had tomatoes planted in it for at least three years  before. The soil should have a pH ranging from 6 to 6.8.

3.  Plant Your Tomatoes

There are two easy ways to plant your tomatoes:  1. Plant seeds that you have bought from a trusted seeds dealer. If  you are short on cash, you could also opt to dry seeds from a previous crop.  2. Plant seedlings bought from a trusted dealer and transplant them into your pots.

4.  Provide Support for Your Tomato Plants

Stake your plants to give them support since the stems are fragile and  will not be able to carry the fruits without support. Staking has been  found to aid in upward growth.


Watering Your Plants

The best time to water your tomatoes is during the morning hours. While watering your tomatoes, try not to wet the leaves and stems.



Plant your tomatoes18 inches apart and if possible, leave a space of 24 inches from one row to the other.


Pruning Your Plants

Pruning should start immediately after you transplant your seedling; any  leaf touching the ground should be removed. Drooping leaves should also be removed.



Before planting your crop, add organic manure and mix it well with your  soil. Well decomposed organic manure is critical in amending both clayey  and sandy soils.

9.  Sunlight

The site where tomato plants are should at least have access to direct  sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours.  As an alternative to the full sun, you can also use LED lights to warm your tomatoes especially if you are growing them indoors.

10.   Pest and Disease Control

Lack of crop rotation is a factor that facilitates the spread of  pests and disease, but since you are using pots to grow your tomatoes, that may not be a major problem. Having said that, do not reuse potting soil.  Discard the old soil and use fresh one whenever you want to plant new tomatoes.

11.  Harvesting Your Tomatoes

Harvest your fruits when they are pink in color, but you can also harvest them just as they start changing color, especially when the temperatures are above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. As you harvest your tomatoes, remove the calyx and stem to reduce the rate of fruit breakage and mishandling.

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