The 10 Best Tomatoes for Containers

The 10 Best Tomatoes for Containers

Many people living in urban areas may not have an expansive yard for growing fresh tomatoes. This is where growing them in containers can be the way (sometimes the only way) to go.

Just about any tomato can be grown using containers as long as they use the right set-up.

Determinate tomato types usually work the best for containers because they grow to a particular height, and are much easier to handle in a small space.

These ten best tomatoes for containers are a mix of determinate tomato types, with a couple indeterminates that are also suitable.

Patio Princess

If the word “patio” is in the name then they must be good for growing on patios, decks, and balconies, right?


The Patio Princess is a relatively small plant that produces some of the most delicious little tomatoes ever.

The plants typically only reach about 2 feet tall and produce a continual stream of 2-1/2″ fruits.

Patio Princess Tomato


The Bushsteak tomato is ideal for growing in containers and small gardens since the compact plant only grows to 20 – 24 inches in height, but produces large, juicy tomatoes.

Bushsteak Tomato

Sweetheart of the Patio

The Sweetheart of the Patio is another variety that is perfect for containers on a balcony, or deck. Another compact plant that produces one inch tomatoes, bursting with super sweet juiciness.

Sweetheart of the Patio Tomato


The Marglobe offers heavy vine growth for a determinate, and produces large, globe-shaped fruit. Tomatoes are ready to pick after 73 days.

Marglobe Tomato

Baxter’s Bush Cherry

Baxter’s Bush Cherry features vigorous growth and productive yields that’s perfect for the patio or balcony. The fruits are a deep red color and are resistant to cracking.

This bushy determinate doesn’t need staking or cages.

Baxters Bush Cherry Tomato

Sweet Baby Girl

The Sweet Baby Girl is an indeterminate variety that still doesn’t get too tall in most cases. The plant produces sweet, red cherry tomatoes loaded with rich tomato flavor.

Sweet Baby Girl Tomato

Gardener’s Delight

Gardener’s Delight is an heirloom cherry tomato variety that has become a favorite among many container gardeners.

This productive plant features one inch fruits have a nice balance between sweetness and rich tomato flavor.

Gardeners Delight Tomato


Balcony tomatoes are the answer for anyone interested in growing tomatoes in containers. It is just the right size for small pots and produces an insane amount of 2″ – 2-1/2″ fruits burting with flavor.

Balcony Tomato


Stupice is a German heirloom variety that grows well in containers. It delivers super early tomatoes that are two to three inches in diameter.

Stupice Tomato

Tumbling Tom Yellow

Tumbling Tom Yellow is great for hanging baskets and containers. Have the plant cascade over the edges of a hanging basket for a beautiful arrangement on the balcony or front porch.

It bears a ton of yellow tomatoes that are one to two inches in size that are deliciously sweet.

Tumbling Tom Yellow Tomato

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8 Comments on The 10 Best Tomatoes for Containers

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for the article.

    I’ve grown cherry tomatoes in containers;

    Encouraged to grow other varieties too!


  2. I have been experimenting with hanging tomato planter systems for a few years now. I have used the 5gal bucket previously and always thought they were too bulky, too ugly even after I painted them John Deere Green, and the amount of soil was excessive and heavy. So, I scaled down each year and have wound up this year with a 4″ tube. It appears to be working fine and my thought is that as long as I feed it well and it doesn’t dry out, how much soil I use is not a priority concern. I have the 2′ length pretty full, I water 3 minutes every 6 hrs or so, and I feed them every week by hand. I’d like to hear from anyone else with experience on hanging planters, it works for me and I’d like to keep improving by sharing trial and error with others. Thanks. I’ll post some Facebook pictures soon. Good Luck, Larry

    • Hi Larry – It sounds like you have a great experiment going! Thanks for sharing it. As far as the amount of soil to use, I think the more the better. Tomato plant roots grow out very wide with in ground grown tomatoes. They can branch out two to three feet in some cases. With that said, I think it’s important to use good soil with plenty of nutrients and micro-nutrients. One thing that most potting soils lack is beneficial microbes and fungi, namely mycchorizal fungi. This fungi is naturally found in soil and is very beneficial for strong root growth. You can actually buy mycchorizal fungi and add it to your soil.

      Keep us up to date on your planters!

  3. Where can I purchase Stupice tomatoes; I am near Seattle WA in the Northwest

  4. I just moved in to an apartment last October. I was excited because it gets great sun in the summer. I had strawberries, snow peas, lettuce and spinach, sweet banana peppers and tomatoes all growing well at one point. However, I had such a small porch that I stopped the snow peas and the lettuce/spinach because I wanted to concentrate on my peppers and tomatoes.

    I wish I had read the container article prior to choosing which tomatoes to grow. I’ll know better next summer. I have gotten no fruit on my tomatoes at all this year.

    My banana peppers grew like crazy, and all of them turned red on the vine. The taste is great, but I guess I was unaware that they turned red. I was waiting for them to turn yellowish green.

    Thanks for the tips on container gardening. I can’t wait for next Spring.


  5. I have been experimenting for about 5 years with container grown tomatoes and peppers. One year, I grew several types of Roma tomatoes in small hanging bags that I sewed from a plastic tarp. They grew well but were hard to keep watered well. What has worked the best for me in Wisconsin is 2′ X 3′ black plastic tubs used for mixing plaster. The soil warms up faster in the Spring. I can maintain 4 tomato or 4 pepper plants in each of these tubs and have loads of produce! I grow Early Girl, Wisconsin 55, Roma and San Marzano tomatoes. I also grow Serrano, Cubanelle, Anaheim, Poblano and California Wonder Peppers in these tubs. The pepper plants grow close to 4′ tall and the tomatoes almost 5′ with just regular feedings.

  6. I don’t have a green thumb, in fact i have bought some succulent plants and 4 out of 5 are dead now. the lady i bought them from said drop an ice cube on them once a week and they will be fine!
    I am not giving up and thought i would check this out. thank you for giving me hope.
    i have always wanted to grow my own tomatoes and tried a couple of different things and did not have to much success. Hopefully with your help i may see the light of day and put the past behind me and look positive to the growth of my learning process.

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