Tomatoes are some of the most popular plants for many gardeners. Nothing beats the taste of a freshly picked tomato that’s still warm in the sun.
For those that do not have the benefit of good soil in their yard, outdoor copper planters you can buy from firms such as Authentic Provence provide a perfect opportunity to grow tomatoes.
Here are three tips to do it successfully.
Provide water, but not too much
For your tomatoes to thrive, you need to provide them with water consistently. This can be a challenge when you are growing the plants in containers. That’s because the amount of water needs to be just right. You want to keep the soil moist, not wet. If there’s too much water, the plant’s roots will rot. If the water is insufficient, the tomatoes get weak and develop blossom end rot.
Supply adequate nutrients
Your tomatoes need enough nutrients to stay healthy. In most cases, potting soil does not have nutrients. Check the bag to confirm whether the potting soil you bought has any fertilizer mixed in it. If not, then you need to add it yourself, mixing it slowly until it completely blends with the soil.
Go for tomato specific fertilizers where possible.
Ensure there’s enough sunlight
Like most other plants, tomatoes need adequate sunlight to thrive. Before you overestimate how much sunlight you get, check first. Go to the area you intend to place the containers and calculate how many hours of full sun the area receives.
You can use a sun calculator for this purpose. At the very least, tomatoes need six hours of sun, but eight hours are much better.
Certainly, there are things that you have no control over when it comes to the success or failure of your tomato plants. However, ensuring your plants are receiving enough water, nutrients, and sunlight is a good way to boost their success.