Is the container suitable?

brkieffner(5B)November 6, 2011

Hello all!

I'm intending to grow one of two cherry tomato varieties in a container under an LED grow light during the winter.

I have a container I know for sure will be suitable but I was surprised today with a new plant from a friend that may need the particular pot I intended to use for the cherry tomato. Before I go out and buy a new pot however, I'm curious if the current one I have is suitable enough. Pics included. It says it's a 1.4 qt. pot.

Thanks for all opinions.

Also, the varieties are Koralik and Golden Nugget. If you feel one would work better than the other, please say so. Thanks.

By brkieffner at 2011-11-06

By brkieffner at 2011-11-06

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

5 gallons is the minimal size container recommended for growing tomatoes.

Koralik is listed as both a determinate and an indeterminate but neither would survive in that small a pot. Never grown it so can't say how big it will get but it would quickly get rootbound.

Golden Nugget is a more compact plant but still easily reach 2 1/2 feet tall.


    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 7:17PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

More important than the pot, perhaps, is how large the vine will grow and whether you have room for it indoors -- and how you'll support it if you do have room.

For varieties which do not grow so tall, see the "Container Tomatoes" and "Dwarf Tomatoes" sections in Tatiana's TOMATObase:

In some cases the articles cite plant height.

Some people do say it's possible to grow some smaller-vined tomatoes in containers under 5 gallons -- but details are difficult to come by.


If you're ever contemplating using a container you don't know the size of, you can calculate the volume in inches, then divide the total by 231. That will give you the number of gallons.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 9:14PM
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