Growing Tomato Plants in Containers

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tomato plants in containers

I love to garden, but space is an issue for me. Where we presently live, I only have one incredibly small courtyard. The space is so small, I stick to gardening my herbs in vegetables in containers. Every year I plant a large container of herbs and a few vegetables. One of my favorite things to grow in my courtyard is a cherry tomato plant. There are breeds of tomato plants designed specifically for growing in containers. The plants are small, compact and produce a ton of tomatoes.

To get my plant to produce even more tomatoes, I use Miracle Grow. You know that magic blue fertilizer that you mix with water or put in the special container for the garden hose?  It’s a trick I learned from mom. We used it on all of our flowers, the grass, our vegetable garden, and everywhere else. It makes the whole yard so beautiful green, and lush.

I was so happy when Miracle Grow contacted me about a new product they have, Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™.   It’s a concentrated planted mix that does so much:

• Up to 3X the Flowers and Vegetables!* *versus native soil
• Significantly improves soil for multiple years
• Concentrated planting mix expands up to 3X when water is added
• Feeds for up to 6 months
• All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil

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I couldn’t wait to try this new product with a container tomato plant. The bag of soil was surprisingly light. The bag seems to weigh about half of a regular bag of potting soil.


I followed the directions on the package, adding equal parts water to a container that I had filled about 1/3 full with planting soil. You just mix the soil with the water until it is completely wet. It’s surprisingly light. I really think the roots of anything wood thrive in the soil.

Here’s directions on exactly how to use it, and how it works:

And here’s what I ended up with. My soil didn’t expand 3x, maybe 2 3/4 times the size. However, it was still amazing to see the soil transform like that when I added the water.

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Then my son and I planted the little tomato plant. It’s a cherry tomato plant. I have big expectations for this little guy. I’ll keep you updated on his progress.

baby tomato plant

Be sure to  check out Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix and try it out for yourself. It makes a great potting soil for containers and makes prepping for your spring an summer planting a cinch.  I’ll be giving away a sample size of Miracle-Gro® Expand ‘n Gro™ too! Just leave a comment below and one lucky winner will receive this amazing new planting mix to try for themselves! Winner will be chosen using

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  17 Responses to “Growing Tomato Plants in Containers”

  1. Cassie — March 22, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    This is great info! We don’t have any yard space with our loft so we have to resort to plant-growing for herbs and veggies. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Evan D. — March 22, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I think you’ll be really pleased with the cherry tomatoes. Mine grew well last year and most of them didn’t even make it inside, but were snacks when I tended to the rest of the garden.

  3. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — March 22, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    Gorgeous photos! Love all of these tips!

  4. Kerry D. — March 22, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a container garden going at our new home. That new potting soil sounds great . Those big heavy bags of soil are always such a pain to transport home! Thanks for the info!

  5. Alison C — March 22, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    This is a great post! I plan to plant more tomatoes in containers on our deck this year and I’m definitely going to look for this soil from Miracle Gro!

  6. pam — March 22, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Cant wait to try it!

  7. Jenna Z — March 23, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I don’t really have limited space but I do love having a few containers of tomatoes and such on the patio, they’re just so handy when you don’t want to walk all the way to the big veggie garden!

  8. Danielle — March 23, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    Oh thanks, what a great post! I was considering trying a container garden of tomatoes this year. I am a gardening novice and was too scared to really plant anything in our backyard.

    I am so going to buy this Miracle Grow this weekend and get this started. I live off of tomatoes and watermelon in the summer!

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  10. Rosanna — March 30, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I’ve been contaner gardenig for several years and find it vey rewarding! Woud lov to try this new product. Thanks for featuring it on your blog.

  11. Josephine — March 31, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    I grew peppers last year but I used a too small container and had 2 plants in that one container. I still got about 6 peppers from both plants which grew to be almost 2 feet tall. LOL I would love to try that soil and I’m a great believer in Miracle Grow. Used it on those peppers…think that’s why I got any peppers off those plants at all! (^_^) Thanks.

  12. Judy — March 27, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    I would love to try some of that new stuff for my vegetables!

  13. Kathy — April 6, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

    The last of my 4 girls has left home. We are now empty nesters and will only have a small garden to tend to. The new soil sounds amazing!! Can’t wait give it a go!

  14. Wendy — April 12, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Must give this a try..we have a tiny garden and we eat the cherry tomatoes like sweets in the summer months 🙂

  15. anita — May 20, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    can’t wait to watchh them grow w/ my granddaughter

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