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Apr 10, 2017
A Closer Look: Take 2 tomato combos
Burpee  Edible Gardening Team Members

Our new Take 2 Combos are ideal space savers when you want to grow fresh vegetables but prefer a smaller gardening footprint. Our product expert Scott Mozingo came up with this concept of growing two tomato plants in one pot – which sounds simple, but finding the right combos took some time! Here's his story:

"When I first started to create the Space Savers collection for Burpee, I set out on a mission. I wanted to find varieties that didn’t just produce fruit in containers. I wanted varieties that produced for a long time. My philosophy was, if we’re going to ask someone to commit to caring for this plant for three months or more, it better produce fruit for more than one or two weeks. I wanted not just a container garden, but a hard working container garden."

Often when tomato plants are placed too close together there’s competition for light, water, nutrition and root space. A generally “well behaved” tomato may all of a sudden grow to be a monster when “threatened”. On the other hand, having a duo container that ripens at the same time so you can enjoy both flavors takes a lot of tests and trials to pair just the right tomatoes together. Scott was basically a tomato match-maker! But through years of trial-and-error, Scott found several happy couples, and we’re launching three new Take 2 Combos this spring.

Growing a Take 2 Combo means you can enjoy big slicers and sweet cherry tomatoes all summer long – getting twice the flavor from half the space! The  recipes below have been tested and proven to work by Scott and will grow and ripen well together in containers larger than 17 in. / 43 cm across and deep. Scott also recommends placing the containers in a location that gets at least six hours of sunlight. Put them where it’s easy to see when they need water. As the plants start to set fruit, you will find they need water every day!

Look for even more Take 2 Combos coming your way with more flavors and vegetables!




Reader Comments (11)
Can you provide tips on planting (at the same time?), pruning etc. ?
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Barb
Hi Barb! You can find a few more tomato-planting tips and Take 2 answers at our latest blog here:
Monday, April 24, 2017 | Burpee
Are the Take 2 tomato combos already in a pot to
Grow - which I would love! Or is this about planting seeds to grow 2 together? If so, how should they be planted?
Monday, June 5, 2017 | Carol Thompson
Hi Carol! Our Take 2 tomato combos are two tomato plants in one pot. The packaging at stores is usually larger (maybe gallon size), but they could also be found in 8-in. pots, planted and growing together. You would then transplant them together into their final patio container. We recommend 17 inches deep and wide for the best soil volume.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Burpee Team Member
Where can I purchase the two-in-one tomato plants?
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Dorothy
Hi Dorothy! Our Take 2 tomato combos are brand-new this year. You can locate a store near you selling the Burpee brand by entering your zip or postal code into our "Find A Store" link at the top of the page.
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | Burpee Team Member
I just read your recommendation for a 17” pot. Mine are still in the store pot and have lots of blooms and fruit starting. Is it too late to transplant them?
Saturday, June 22, 2019 | Dorothy K
Hi Dorothy
As long as you don't distress the root-ball of your plants, you can gently remove the plants from its store container and place in a larger-size container.

Some Take 2 combos come with a plastic cage or support system. Leave this with the plant if the leaves/fruit have already tangled within it. Otherwise, if it removes easily without damaging flowers or fruit, you can provide a larger, more stable tomato cage support system.

The larger 14-17" container will certainly give your Take 2 combo more root growth, which results in MORE tomatoes! Let us know if we can help further. You can send us photos of your plants via our Contact Us form.
Monday, June 24, 2019 | Burpee Team Member
Show often do I water the Take 2 store bought planters.
Friday, May 22, 2020 | Brigitte
Hi Brigitte
Tomatoes need even watering to prevent rotting (too much water) or stress (too little water). Water thoroughly and deeply, but not too often (twice per week should suffice at first if it hasn't been raining). A good indicator if your plants need water is to stick your index finger about 2 inches into the soil. If you don't feel moisture, it's time to water.
Try to water early in the day, too, so that plants will dry off before evening. This helps to reduce disease problems. Use drip or soaker hoses whenever possible. Water is used more efficiently this way at the soil level and the leaves don't get wet and invite foliar disease. Mulching at the top of the soil helps ensure an even supply of moisture is available to the plant.
Be sure to listen to our "Garden Help Podcasts" for more mid-season tomato care and other gardening tips.

Friday, May 22, 2020 | Burpee Team Member
What is the safe outdoor temperature during the night for the Take 2?
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | Zbigniew
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