Best container color?

edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)March 26, 2011

I'm going to be growing tomatoes, and a possibly a few melons. I'm in Zone 5, in upstate NY, and the containers will be in full sun. Is a darker color better? Will the soil get too hot during the day? Thanks.

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

White is best, but not translucent white - opaque white ...... followed by other pastel or light colors, If you can't find white containers, then try to make sure you shade them. Tomatoes like their roots under 85*.


    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 11:11AM
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penfold2(4b, MN)

I just got done painting my tomato pots white. They've been looking a bit sickly lately and I think it's from the black pots baking in the sun. I could feel the heat when I put my hand on them. Next time I'll just look for white pots.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 9:02PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

OK, thanks. Much appreciated!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 9:37PM
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I grow mine in clay colored resin pots. The resin doesn't seem to absorb heat.


    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 11:24PM
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