What are best varieties of cherry and full-size tomatoes to grow in a pot on the patio?
What are best varieties of cherry and full-size tomatoes to grow in a pot on the patio and in a sunny kitchen in Potomac. Minimum size container? Best "soil" in the container? Latest time to start from seed? Latest time to start from plant if available in nurseries? Stake or wire cage? I have never done this before, but the ads make the fruit look terrific.
Montgomery County Maryland
We apologize for taking so long to answer your question. Usually we answer questions the next day, but the University has been closed for spring break.
We have wonderful information for new gardeners in our Grow It Eat It: http://extension.umd.edu/growit
Look over the Container Gardening info (it gives pot size, depth, etc.) and in Vegetables to Grow in Maryland: http://extension.umd.edu/growit for specific information on tomatoes.
You'll want to select a "determinate" variety of tomatoes.
Under our Publication section (tab is on the right side of the homepage), go to Vegetable, Fruit & Herb Gardening. There you will find many helpful fact sheets.
You'll see info addressing each of your questions, such as varieties to choose: HG 70 - Recommended Vegetable Cultivars for Maryland Home Garden, several planting calendars, etc.
Have fun and don't hesitate to ask further questions.
Master Gardeners (our volunteer branch) offer many classes in starting vegetable gardens in each county. You can look in that part of our homepage for classes you might enjoy.