What size PVC Pipes for Tomatoes?

stefblacOctober 15, 2008

As the title asks, what sized PVC pipes for tomatoes? I have heard that due to their large root mass you must use larger than normal pipes. So big is big enough? Thanks in advance.

Stefan

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stefblac

Sorry I should probably mention that these are for an NFT system.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2008 at 7:34PM
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freemangreens(Zone 10 CA)

I grow tomatoes using aeroponics, ramp and "static" techniques. In each instance, the individual root balls are about the size of a large grapefruit. Root balls are pourus, of coarse, but several in a line would tend to jam up a tube, I'd think.

Here's the niftiest way I've seen yet to grow tomatoes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5l902ktiWo&feature=related

This beats the heck out of both ramp and NFT methods, to my way of thinking. It's my first fling with a "static" system, but so far, everything seems to be going well. Static growing requires no pumps nor aeration.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2008 at 9:06PM
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garysgarden

I would recommend a bare minimum of 4" but even a 6" pipe could run into clogging problems.

I've seen a few people use those black corrugated plastic drain pipes used to handle the run off from roof gutters with some success.

Bigger pipes would be easier to clean, too. My advice would be to get at least a 6", bigger if you can afford it.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2008 at 3:25PM
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