Container growers - how do you keep your pots from blowing over?

tomatotomataMarch 6, 2012

Last year my tomatoes got pretty tall, and then during a storm they fell over. Didn't kill them, but didn't do them any good, either. How do you keep yours upright?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

For those containers sitting on the ground I drive a stake into the ground next to them and tie the container and/or the plant support to that stake. Just like you would a cage in the garden.

For those sitting on the deck they get tied off to the deck rails.

Plus any of my indeterminate variety tomatoes are grown in such large containers that the weight of the container would be difficult to tip over.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:08PM
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tomatotomata

Thanks Dave. What size pots do you use for indeterminates? I'm planning to put my in 15-20 gal pots. That better be good enough, cause that's all I got :)

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:29PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

For indeterminates I use mostly 15-18 gallon pots plus several made from 50 gallon plastic drums cut in half. Yours should be fine even tho in your zone you may have to water more than I do.

I also have several Earthboxes but I only grow determinates in them. Most tomato plants go into the gardens.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 10:04PM
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Edymnion(7a)

Largest pots I can find, and cement blocks at the four cardinal directions. Only way to tip one over at that point is to lift it out of the blocks first, and if the wind can do that, well lets just say I'll be more worried about where my house landed than my tomatoes. ;)

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 11:03AM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

What shape are your containers? If they are tapered in at the bottom, that is the problem.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 10:18PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

I do cement blocks too. then I set little pots of other plants on top (kind of wedged into) the blocks, like wandering jew, spider plant, etc that hang to hide the blocks. I suppose it would also work to put one gallon pots inside the blocks and plant herbs in there, which would be really cool. Now I'm going to have to try that!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 7:41AM
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tomatotomata

Yumtomatoes, I think you found my problem: they are tapered. And Sandy0225 - if you camoflage your blocks, post some pictures.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 1:05PM
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stev32k(Zone 8)

I grow mine in 35 gal garbage cans. Some of the plants have been 16 feet tall and none have ever been blown over (except during hurricanes :)).

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 4:52PM
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suncitylinda

Hey steve, would love to see a pix of that! (the 16 footers in big trash cans, not the hurricanes!) LOL

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 5:24PM
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