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QUESTION: Tomatoes in pots - depth

comments (4) June 20th, 2011

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What's the preferred, rule-of-thumb, etc., or is there a chart for how deep a pot to plant tomatoes in?

One person plants a tomato seedling in a 5-gal bucket.

Another plants it in a big coffee can.

All things being equal - which method will have the best results?


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Krissykay writes: The tomato lady in Las Vegas told me just this morning not to plant any veggies in clay pots as they leach water. Grrrrr...I have 3 plants in clay pots I will now replant. Happy to know this info though. Her name is Leslie Doyle and she is amazing as a source of information, btw.
Posted: 2:01 pm on October 8th
TerJay39 writes: I have 3 plants in deep pots and one of them is growing taller than I've been able to stake it. I guess I'll just let it droop back over the original cage top now.
I'm wondering if it's the variety of tomato (Brandywine Red) since the other two are not bolting this way.
I do have a good tip on keeping the caterpillars off the plants which I'm going to use next year. You need to cut the bottom and top off of a half gallon plastic milk carton. Push it down into the soil around the tomato when you first plant it so that two thirds of the carton extend above the soil. Caterpillars will not climb up this surface to get to the plant. A large can will work the same way.
Posted: 10:41 am on July 20th
yourownvictorygarden writes: I would lean towards the 5-gallon bucket. Tomatoes, when healthy, put out very deep and long roots. Consistent moisture and drainage are very important, and you're not going to get that with a smaller container.
Posted: 11:06 am on June 21st
Ruth writes: redparrot, this article might provide some guidance: http://www.finegardening.com/how-to/articles/growing-tomatoes-in-containers.aspx
Posted: 7:52 am on June 21st
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