Jan 23, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Container gardening has been on the uptrend over the past five years and continues to grow in popularity, especially in urban areas where green space can be limited. But to ensure the most success, it is crucial for the 21 million households planting container gardens to pick the right plant for the pot.
Going the container route saves space, helps control pests and overcome soil issues, enabling the availability of home grown fresh produce without a yard. But it is important to choose a seed or a plant that was specifically developed for the compact container space.
With increasing interest in container gardening, seed companies are developing vegetable seeds specifically bred for container gardens. "Today's container gardeners now have access to even more plants that are compact in size, yield more, taste great and feature unique colors and shapes," said John Marchese, Sales Manager for Seminis® Home Garden seed.
"Just because they are using a smaller space to grow the plant doesn't mean the fruit has to be small too," explained Marchese. "For example, if container gardeners are looking for a compact plant that produces large and tasty tomatoes, they should try a new hybrid tomato variety called Debut."
Container gardeners don't have to sacrifice flavor for a more conveniently-grown plant either. "Husky Red is a medium-sized tomato hybrid that has great flavor. We have also developed a cherry tomato hybrid version called Husky Cherry Red that has the potential to sets lots of sweet, flavorful fruit," added Marchese.
Other compact hybrid tomato varieties include Patio, which produces about a 4 ounce tomato and a saladette tomato variety called Yaqui that produces large-sized fruit.
Regardless of the type of vegetable you plant, here are some general tips provided by the University of Illinois Extension for growing vegetable container gardens:
Choosing a Container
Choosing Plants for Your Container Garden
Taking Care of Your Vegetable Plants
For more container gardening tips from the University of Illinois Extension, please visit http://urbanext.illinois.edu/containergardening. For more information on Seminis home garden products and where to buy them, visit www.seminis.com.
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