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cowpea123
Coushatta, LA

January 15, 2013
4:10 PM

Post #9386432

I have heard that growing tomatoes in containers greatly reduces yields. I plan on growing some in fifteen and twentyfive gallon pots. Any truth to what I have heard?
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2013
6:07 PM

Post #9386554

In that large size I think you could do great- I'm not too experienced with containers, but hopefully "Gymgirl" with come to your aid.
cowpea123
Coushatta, LA

January 15, 2013
7:02 PM

Post #9386606

Thanks for your imput. I plan on fillining the pots with compost and soiless mix.
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2013
7:49 AM

Post #9390018

You should be fine with 10+ gal. containers. Many people (even I have tried it) do it with smaller containers. There is another current thread about dwarf tomatoes, where quite a few people use 5 gal. containers or grow bags and have reported good results.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1294083/

This message was edited Jan 19, 2013 10:50 AM

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

January 19, 2013
10:11 AM

Post #9390124

Howdy. Whatcha growing (which varieties of tomatoes)?

It's gonna take an AWFUL lot of soil-less mix to fill those big containers. I've used a homemade recipe from Tapla (Al, over on the Soils and Compost thread), to accommodate the need for large amounts of container mix. It saved me a lot of $$$$. I filled ~sixty 6.5 and 5.0 gallon buckets.

So, I'll need to know the scale of what your container tomato patch will be, and have an idea of the size you expect your plants will be, e.g., tiny cherries, tangerine size patio?, gynormous beefsteaks?

Linda

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