squash in containers

weirdflowers(5)April 6, 2013

I've got a couple of zucchini started that I'm planning on putting in those giant buckets, 16-gallons or something like that. I would like to do an acorn squash as well. In the interest of saving some money and reserving my perlite for my more exotic and expensive plants, I'd like to know if I can get away with using just plain pine bark sifted to ~0.75 in, with some dolomite mixed in. Are squashes thirsty enough for this not to be a problem, or would I need to add a wick to each bucket?

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

A soil of only bark in .75" is going to be very difficult to keep moist .............. too big.

Al

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 8:57PM
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weirdflowers(5)

My mistake, I should have written 0.25".

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 1:18PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

If everything is .25 or larger, you definitely won't need a wick. You can include particles down to .90 or so w/o having to worry (at all) about PW.

Al

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 1:29PM
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