Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

JentzOctober 6, 2012

Hi everybody!

I have a few seedlings growing right now using peat moss. They are pretty much ready to be transferred over to a pot. 5 gallon bucket is the way I want to go.

The plants I have are:

Small cherry tomatoes

Basil

Cilantro

Rosemary

Thyme

Red, sweet and long onions

Romaine lettuce

Lettuce

Kale

Yellow bell pepper

What my question is, how many of those plants can I fit in one 5 gallon bucket? I have roughly 3 seedlings each.

Any help would be much appreciated! :)

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mike1938

Cherry tomatoes, Kale and yellow bell peppers grow very well in five gallon pots but only one plant per pot. Four Romaine lettuce, three to six lettuces depending on variety,six cilantro, four basil, about nine onions depending on variety. This planting density is dependent on ample feeding and watering,

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 6:41AM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I hope you don't plan to use pure peat in the 5-gallon buckets. You need a soilless, fast-draining mix like those discussed on this forum, especially for the lettuces and onions, which have shallow roots that won't fill the container.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 2:13PM
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mea2214(z5 Chicago)

All those plants you mention should be fine in 5 gal buckets but I would suggest only one per bucket (not sure about the onions because I never grew them). Rosemary can get rather large so you'll probably have to upgrade its container after a year. My garden used to use a lot of 5 gallon buckets. Due to downsizing they have all been repurposed for other uses.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:28PM
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Jentz

I bought some organic potting soil from Lowe's. It's called organic choice. Don't know if any of you heard of it. If so, is that a good choice?

Also, will the roots get tangled and is that ok?

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 11:10PM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

They will probably grow ok in it. Better yet, like was suggested above by Ohiofem, you need a soilless, fast-draining mix like those discussed on this forum, especially for the lettuces and onions, which have shallow roots that won't fill the container.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 10:27AM
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