what can be grown in 10" pots?

kawaiineko_gardener(5a)May 6, 2013

They are basically the normal circular, plastic garden pots.

I'm wondering what I can grow in them without stressing out the plant and/or making it undersized

The ideas I have are listed below....

Chard
spinach
arugula
sorrel
lettuce

With stuff like arugula, sorrel, and spinach I am wondering how many plants I can get in the pot without overcrowding them.

Arugula/sorrel/spinach are so small (even at maturity)
that it'll be really easy for me to put too many of them in
too small of a space, so I could use advice with this.

I was wondering if I could do radicchio and small sized Chinese cabbages (mini varieties that are about 3/4 of a lb. to a 1 lb. per plant) or would a 10" pot just be too small for them.

If the depth of the pot isn't 'ideal' (12" is what I know is recommended for root veggies) the soil less mix I have will compensate for that.

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fireduck(10a)

K...visualize the finished size of these veggies. It would be best not to crowd them together. Sometimes less is more. Go for quality...

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 10:44PM
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kawaiineko_gardener(5a)

I have never harvested nor grown the salad greens; I've also never grown radicchio. As a result I have only a vague idea of how big they're going to get.

One variety of radicchio I have can be spaced closely together, and the reason I'm toying with the idea of the Chinese cabbage is cause it's a 'mini' variety.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 12:04PM
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JoppaRich(7b)

You can grow salad greens pretty close. They'll only really be an issue if you're planning on growing full heads.

I tend to harvest salad the whole season (pulling off a couple leaves from each plant), so packing them close never gets to be too much of an issue for me.

I'm growing mine hydroponically though, in 3.5" netpots, in gutters, with the netpots right next to each other.. i've got more than one plant in some of the pots, and they all seem to be growing fine. Its mostly Romaine though, which tends to be more vertical than some of the other lettuces.

Frankly, for me, its not worth setting aside a 10" pot for the season when its only going to get me a $2 head of lettuce. Better off growing peppers or something thats going to produce multiple fruit over the season.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 3:11PM
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