Growing Container Tomatoes – 3 Great Varieties To Try On Your Patio!

Growing container tomatoes on your back patio or deck is an excellent way to keep the fresh taste of garden produce close at hand.

There are a lot of built-in advantages when growing container tomatoes vs. in a traditional garden setting. For one, they can be planted sooner, as they are easy to protect if a frost is in the future. They are also easy to maintain and requiring little to no weeding. And of course, harvesting is a breeze!

The real key to success is selecting varieties that are compact and trellis easily. For many, that has always meant growing traditional “cherry-style” tomatoes. Although always an excellent choice, there are also hundreds of additional mid-sized heirloom tomato varieties that are perfect for patio growing – and for using in everything from salads, to making homemade salsa, pasta sauce and more.

Here is a look at 3 great selections to expand your patio tomato growing this year! We included product seed links at the end of each variety as well if you want to learn more.

3 Great Varieties For Growing Container Tomatoes

Momotaro Tomatoes

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The Momotaro tomato is an excellent patio choice

The Momotaro tomato has become widely popular at farmers markets, and with good reason. It has a super-sweet, juicy flavor, and is low-acid to boot!

With Japanese origins, Momotaro tomatoes ripen to a light red-pinkesh color. They have big yields, forming clusters of 7 tomatoes on the vines.

And these are not small tomatoes! In fact, most will ripen to a nice 5 to 7 ounce mid-sized tomato. Their stunning beauty makes for a great conversation plant. Adding to their allure – the are also extremely disease resistant and handle hot temps well.  See : Momotaro Seeds

Artisan Blush Tiger (Tiger Blush) Tomatoes

The Blush Tiger tomato is the ultimate choice for growing container tomatoes.

The plants grow thick and lush, and become filled with heavy producing clusters of yellow and orange striped tomatoes bursting with sweet flavor

The blush tiger keeps on producing all year too! As an indeterminate variety, they will keep on producing until the first frost. They are a great climber so they do well on trellises. You can also prune as needed to keep growing plants under control.  See: Tiger Blush Seeds

San Marzano Tomatoes

growing container tomatoesThese excellent paste tomatoes perform well in the garden – and in containers on the patio!

They really are the ultimate salsa and sauce tomato. Much like the Blush Tiger, the San Marzano will form heavy clusters of mid-sized tomatoes.

They are thick and meaty, and have much fewer seeds than typical mid-sized tomatoes. Their root structure will stay compact, and the vines are easy to attach to a trellis.

They are wonderful for creating fresh salsa or pasta sauce, or for simply slicing and eating.

San Marzano’s are also an indeterminate variety, so they will keep on producing all year-long until frost.  See : San Marzano Seeds

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One thought on “Growing Container Tomatoes – 3 Great Varieties To Try On Your Patio!

  1. Oh! You need to add Tumblin’ Tom cherry tomatoes! I discovered these beauties 2 years ago – then that particular plant-house closed (people retired) – and couldn’t find them ANYwhere – but our plant house in St Joseph promised to have them this coming year 🙂
    I didn’t realize they were container plants til I already had them in the ground – these babies produced and produced and produced! Got mowed over 3 (THREE) times – came back and gave us more in OCTOBER!!! Just an amazing tomato!

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