I've tried growing them in the ground with very little yield. I grew grafted varieties with much better success, but I can no longer find my favorite variety in grafted form. Besides, a tomato is not only a big plant, it's a big commitment. So I quit growing them for a couple years, until I discovered a purportedly "new breed" of tomatoes. These are full sized fruit grown on a plant that's a lot less rangy than the more typical tomato.
|Tomato 'Dwarf Confetti' raring to grow in an 18" diameter pot.|
I even found one that looks like it might taste like my all time favorite tomato--'Pineapple'. I started a variety from seed called 'Dwarf Confetti', and who'd have thought it? It grew beautifully!
Not long afterward, I received a sample seed packet from Renee's Gardens called 'Tasmanian Chocolate'. How fortuitous for me that I had decided to try tomatoes again, this time from seed.
|Tomato 'Tasmanian Chocolate' in a 15" pot.|
I've been warned to plant just one seedling in a pot that is from 15" to 18" in diameter. I'll probably live to regret it, but the tomato in the 18" pot looked so small, and I had one other plant that I'd started that looked really healthy, so I nudged 'Dwarf Confetti' over and added 'Dwarf Velvet Night'. Then I tucked in a new basil called 'Amazel' because there was still a little empty spot and tomatoes and basil are a great combination.
Ill-advised pairing of two tomato plants and a basil. Tomatoes 'Dwarf Confetti',
'Dwarf Velvet Night' and Basil 'Amazel'.