Here are some tips for novice gardeners who want to grow tomatoes on their balcony:

Choose the right location

Tomatoes need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day, so make sure your balcony receives enough sunlight. If your balcony doesn’t receive enough sunlight, consider using a grow light.

Choose the right container

Make sure your container is large enough to accommodate the root system of your tomato plant.  You’ll need a container that’s at least 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) deep and wide enough to accommodate a tomato plant’s root system. You can use a plastic, clay or ceramic container. You may also want to consider using a self-watering container or adding a saucer underneath your pot to catch excess water.

Fill your container with potting mix, leaving about 2-3 cm (1 inch) of space at the top. Dig a small hole in the center of the soil, deep enough to accommodate the roots of your tomato plant. Place the plant in the hole and fill in the soil around it, gently pressing down to secure it in place. Water the plant thoroughly. Place the container in a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

Use the right soil

Use a high-quality potting mix that is specifically formulated for container gardening. Avoid using garden soil, which can be too heavy and may contain pathogens.

Tomato Plant

As for the type of tomato, you can choose from many varieties of tomatoes. For example, determinate varieties are well suited for container gardening because they grow to a more manageable size.

Cherry tomatoes are also a great choice for balcony gardens. They’re small, easy to grow and produce lots of fruit. Some popular varieties include ‘Sweet 100’, ‘Sun Gold’ and ‘Yellow Pear’. If you prefer larger tomatoes, ‘Bush Early Girl’ is a good choice for container gardening.

Water consistently

Make sure you can water your plant easily. Tomatoes need consistent moisture, so make sure you water your plant regularly. It’s better to water deeply and less frequently than to water lightly and frequently.


Fertilize the plant once a month, following the instructions on the fertilizer packaging. Use a balanced, slow-release fertilizer that’s formulated for vegetables.

Stake or support your plant

As your tomato plant grows, it may need support to prevent it from falling over. You can use a stake, trellis or cage to support your plant.

Prune your plant

Tomatoes can get large and bushy, so it’s a good idea to prune your plant to keep it under control. Remove any suckers that grow between the main stem and the branches.

Check for pests and diseases

Tomatoes can be susceptible to pests and diseases, so keep an eye out for any signs of trouble. If you notice any issues, take action immediately to prevent them from spreading.

Harvest your tomatoes at the right time

Tomatoes are ready to harvest when they’re fully colored and slightly soft to the touch. Don’t wait too long to harvest, as overripe tomatoes can become mushy and lose flavor.

Watch your tomato plant grow and enjoy the delicious fruit it produces! We hope these tips help you get started with growing tomatoes on your balcony. Happy gardening!