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Is the container suitable?

Posted by brkieffner 5B (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 6, 11 at 18:31

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.

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By brkieffner at 2011-11-06

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By brkieffner at 2011-11-06

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RE: Is the container suitable?

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.


RE: Is the container suitable?

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.

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