Have you heard of the Micro Tom tomato? It is the smallest tomato plant, and it produces normal size cherry tomatoes in abundance! As in there are more tomatoes than leaves almost.
It is the cutest thing and even cuter in person. The pictures just don't do it justice.
I've had numerous requests for a container garden guide and that is coming, however I thought I would also highlight several varieties that make an especially good choice for a container garden starting with this Micro Tom tomato.
I would not usually pick such a dwarf variety because as you know there are a lot of us at my house. This Micro Tom tomato was so cute though, I thought that I better try it just for fun.
I was blown away by how quickly it grew and started producing fruit. My littlest children ate them as soon as they were ripe, or even before they were ripe, and thus I did not get any photos of it loaded with little tomatoes. Maybe next time? Only if I can grow them in hiding. Ha!
It almost looks surreal with so many tomatoes on such a tiny little plant. You can see the picture of the fully loaded Micro Tom at rareseeds.com.
After having so much success growing it last summer I thought I would try growing it inside this winter. We just planted it around a month ago. It is not growing as quickly now that the days are so short as compared to growing it in the green house with all the sun, but it is doing great, and I hope to be eating fresh tomatoes before long. This little guy already has 27 blooms on it!
Can you believe that, 27 blooms on that tiny little thing? So awesome!
Planter size: 5-6" - It is always helpful if the planter has a reservoir/tray to hold extra water, especially in hot, dry conditions.
Soil: Organic potting mix. If you have any finished compost go ahead an mix a a couple of handfuls into the potting mix.
Fertilizer: OMRI listed fish emulsion once every 2 weeks.
Sun: Full sun
Watering: Keep soil moist. With such a small planter the soil can dry out quickly so check it often. Do not over water in an attempt to keep the soil moist. Soggy soil will suffocate the plant and can also cause disease which could lead to the death of the plant.
Tomatoes are self pollinating but they are aided by the wind. If you are growing indoors you may want to give your Micro Tom a little shake a couple times a week. We grew ours in the greenhouse and never did this but it did get handled a lot seeing as the kids enjoyed them so much.
Where to buy: Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
So tell me, have you ever seen such a cute tomato plant?
Happy gardening my friends!
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