Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
container with small opening

Posted by pandscorp (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 12, 11 at 12:46

I have access to hundreds of heavy duty white jugs that have a 1 1/2" opening on top. Can I grow tomatoes in these without opening the tops any wider? If so, how many drain holes would I want to drill around the bottom, & what size?
The jugs range from 4 1/2 gal. to 8 1/4 gal. and formerly held a food product. Other than using a light soil, is there anything else I should know or be thinking about?
I'm hoping that by leaving the top closed except for the opening for the plant, I can slow down evaporation a little. People grow veggies in bags . . . would this be much different?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: container with small opening

I am guessing that these are a clear plastic. The size sounds like they would be large enough to cut them in two around the middle and make two containers, one with the drain hole already made. I would nor recommend the plant in the bottle, although I know it is done with ships. Al


 o
RE: container with small opening

  • Posted by chadinlg zone 9%3B Sunset 15 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jan 13, 11 at 13:17

The top hole is big enough, but you will have a hard time getting the soil mix into the jug. People grow tomatoes "upside down" in containers like this with a small hole for the plant (at the bottom) A single drain hole at the bottom will suffice.


 o
RE: container with small opening

I agree with Al on cutting them in half. Alternatively, cut off just the top if you want to maximize container size.

The main reason I would suggest against the "tiny hole at the top" part is convenience. As chadinlg mentioned, you'll have a hard time getting the media into the jug. But you'll have an even HARDER time getting it back out, once it's fully colonized by roots.


 o
RE: container with small opening

Thanks everyone!


 o
RE: container with small opening

Actually, you WANT to allow evaporation from the soil surface. Soil gases (CO2) need to escape, as well. Oxygen is exchanged with CO2 at the soil surface....an essential function of a good soil system.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here