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    JB is right - indeterminate tomatoes are less gangly, but you get a longer harvest. I've successfully grown cherry-type indeterminate tomatoes in containers. While they do get tall/gangly/viney, the size of the fruit helps to keep them from getting too top-heavy. You do need to stake or trellis them though.



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    I think it would be a lot of fun to trade seeds! Sign me up!



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    My faves, already mentioned are Park's and Johnny's also http://harrisseeds.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by GraceLikeRain View Post
    What is a good heirloom tomato for growing in a container? I have absolutely zero gardening experience but I've been dying to try and grow heirloom tomatoes. Am I setting myself up for failure? Are there any heirloom tomatoes for dummies types?
    Absolutely you can, and absolutely there are. There are strains of heirloom tomatoes that are bred for container growing, or just are known to do well in a container in general, they're generally called "patio" types.. check this out
    http://www.tomatofest.com/heirloom-t...ollection.html

    Oh and I totally forgot about TomatoFest for seeds too! Great place!!

    And here, this website is the COTH of gardening
    http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/l...295532318.html

    As long as you give a tomato:
    the right amount of sun (full, unless its scorching hot and then it needs part shade),
    keep its leaves dry and warm,
    its roots cool,
    keep the moisture level consistent,
    give it lots of good organics in its soil (which will go a long way to maintaining moisture consistency),
    give it support and good air circulation,

    a tomato plant will literally grow like a weed. Its when one of these things are missing that the plant becomes weak and disease and bugs and deficiencies take over.

    Your biggest challenge in container growing is keeping the soil consistently moist and cool.

    Though I have grown heirlooms in those topsy turvy planters, which are barely 5gal and they did ok, and produced early and heavily... until the weather became broiling.

    If you can manage larger than a 5gallon container you'll do even better.

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    One SERIOUS pest you need to look out for in container tomatoes is the dreaded "Tomato Hornworm". In container tomatoes in particular, these devils can completely defoliate an entire tomato plant in one night.

    I pick them off by hand & throw them as far as I can - the birds take care of the rest. The only ones I leave on my plants are parasitized ones - ones that are covered in dozens of elliptical-shaped little white cocoons. Those cocoons contain the larva of wasps that will stop the Hornworm's appetite, & eventually kill it.



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    The hornworm doesn't relegate itself to container tomatoes

    The parasitic wasps' larva actually eat the hornworm from the inside - that's what those fly predators do as well - the larva eat the fly larva before they get a chance to mature.

    I get them, but they are never to the point of being a problem, so I leave then to encourage the presence of the parasitic wasps. It's a fine line sometimes between leaving the bad guys to encourage enough good guys, and getting overrun by the bad guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    The hornworm doesn't relegate itself to container tomatoes
    Yes, I realize that. But I never get as much damage from them to my in-ground tomatoes as I do to my container-grown ones.



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    Sow true seeds. It is based in Asheville, NC. All heirloom and mostly organic!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    One SERIOUS pest you need to look out for in container tomatoes is the dreaded "Tomato Hornworm". In container tomatoes in particular, these devils can completely defoliate an entire tomato plant in one night.

    I pick them off by hand & throw them as far as I can - the birds take care of the rest. The only ones I leave on my plants are parasitized ones - ones that are covered in dozens of elliptical-shaped little white cocoons. Those cocoons contain the larva of wasps that will stop the Hornworm's appetite, & eventually kill it.
    They squish very satisfactorily when you step on them
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolprudm View Post
    They squish very satisfactorily when you step on them
    Ugh! You're a "better man than I am" in that respect. For me they're too large for the squish department. Sets off my gag reflex.



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    http://www.dianeseeds.com/seeds/toma...ow-orange.html

    and
    http://www.sampleseeds.com/?page_id=65

    in case you want smaller amounts of rare tomato seeds

    Winter sow most of my seeds here

    enjoying this thread,



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