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Attached a picture of my tomato plant. First time growing tomatoes and wasn't prepared for them to grow this big this fast. My first question is how does this plant look? I'm not sure if the yellow flowers are a good thing or bad thing. Second, will this pot be big enough to hold this plant? I don't remember the exact type of tomato that is in this pot but it is a smaller variety, most likely cherry tomatoes. Lastly, do I need to put some sort of cage into the pot? I'm assuming I should have put a cage in before they got this big but is it too late? I know its a ton of questions with very little info but any info is appreciated. Thanks
Your plant looks fairly healthy so far, the yellow flowers are normal. I can't hazard a guess as to the variety because I just don't know, the dwarf types seem to grow better in containers. Most tomatoes will benefit by staking to keep the stems from snapping and allow the fruit to grow above the ground level. I would look for an old broomstick handle or similar slat of wood losely tied with soft fabric rings cut crossways from an old sock. Keep in mind that container tomatoes take lots of water in the flowering and fruiting stage, otherwise you'll be plagued with the dreaded blossom end rot. With any kind of luck you should have some nice tomatoes soon.
The reason to stake or cage tomatoes is to allow better air circulation which helps in disease prevention and to keep the leaves off the ground. "Dirty" water splashing on the leaves can cause disease on both the fruit and leaves.
You can still add a cage (carefully) and the plant will do fine but I've grown tomatoes for years in pots and had no problem letting them sprawl over the sides.
Just keep the plant and fruit protected from ground contact and you'll be OK.
I'm sure someone will disagree and share the ills of not staking, but I've had great 'mators' just letting them grow natural.
vj2651 - the yellow flowers are a good thing - that's where your future tomatoes will come from.
Tomatoes are wind pollinated, so be sure they are standing where they will receive a nice breeze.
If you could put some kind of support on that wall behind the tomato, you could tie the tomato plant to the support as it grows. Otherwise, you can just let it sprawl on the ground, which is how they grow in the wild.
As to the size of the pot - I can't tell how big it is from your photo, but personally I wouldn't try growing a tomato plant in anything smaller than five gallons. Seven to ten gallons is better.
Since this is your first time growing tomatoes please keep us posted on the plants' progress. Even if you don't have any questions please keep us up to date. I've been growing tomatoes for more years then I care to admit. But your new found enthusiasm and success is contagious, I would love to see pictures of the first fruit that sets and as they ripen. I wish all my plants looked that good.
Best of Luck!
I use garden canes Cheap enough and can be reused again and again, tie the stems loosely to the can either using sort twine or some other material, even a pair of old ladies tights cut up will be good soft material.
Next thing is to try prevent the plant growing too tall, either nip out the very top growing tip of the stems OR just cut about an inch off the top, dont be worried the plant will die, what you want is the plants to make flowers instead of tooooo much tops,
Other than that, the plants look good, I have to grow ALL my tomato's, cucumbers and peppers in pots indoors Greenhouse therefore soon as I see about 3 bunches of flowers I start to pinch out the side shoots and the top growth, I then begin to slowly feed the plants tomato feed and use half strength to start with once a week, then increace this strength as the tomato fruits grow. The pots take a lot of watering and if you dont do this regularly the fruit will split open on the plant, so try to maybe do the watering same time of day and same amout.
Good luck, bet your Mum will love these lovely tomato's.
I haven't had any problems with them getting wet. I've used them for years. Old nylons can be used the same way that won't hold water at all. Just tie them loosely, not tight enough to choke the stems.
The plants all look pretty healthy. Good job on getting a tomato cage in the pot. You might think about loosely tying some of the bigger branches that are shooting out of the cage to the tomato cage for support.