I've decided to grow tomatoes this summer for the first time... actually, the first time for any plant.
I've purchase four "early girl" tomato plants and I have transplanted them to four 12x12x12 inch plastic pots.
Are these pots large enough, or should I get some larger ones?
Is it dangerous to transplant them more than once?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
[align=left]I would like to see a larger container, but they will grow and produce fruit in your container size.[/align]
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Great, thanks! I will check out that link.
I'll be pulling those suckers tonight. I had no idea. I had heard something about the likes of this, but I was also wondering why my beefsteaks were producing and my cherries had two little babies on the whole plant.
1) Containers and Pots for Vegetable Gardens: Selecting Containers: Containers for your vegetable gardens can be almost anything: flower pots, pails, buckets, wire baskets, bushel baskets, wooden boxes, nursery flats, window planters, washtubs, strawberry pots, plastic bags, large food cans, or any number of other things.
2) Drainage: No matter what kind of container you choose for your vegetable garden, it should have holes at the base or in the bottom to permit drainage of excess water.
3) Color Considerations: You should be careful when using dark colored containers because they absorb heat which could possibly damage the plant roots. If you do use dark colored pots, try painting them a lighter color or shading just the container.
4) Size: The size of the container is important. For larger vegetables like tomatoes and eggplants, you should use a five gallon container for each plant. You can grow these plants in two gallon containers, however you need to give the plants considerably more attention.
5) Soil and Fertilizer: You can use soil in your container vegetable garden, but the synthetic mixes are much better. Peat-based mixes, containing peat and vermiculite, are excellent. They are relatively sterile and pH adjusted. They also allow the plants to get enough air and water. Mixing in one part compost to two parts planting mix will improve fertility.
6) Using a slow release or complete organic fertilizer at planting will keep your vegetables fed for the whole growing season.
7) Watering: Pots and containers always require more frequent watering than plants in the ground. As the season progresses and your plants mature, their root system will expand and require even more water. Don't wait until you see the plants wilting. Check your containers daily to judge the need for water.
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