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Best container color?

Posted by edweather 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 26, 11 at 10:47

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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RE: Best container color?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 26, 11 at 11:11

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*.


RE: Best container color?

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.

RE: Best container color?

OK, thanks. Much appreciated!

RE: Best container color?

I grow mine in clay colored resin pots. The resin doesn't seem to absorb heat.


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