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Is a 4 gal SWC big enough for a bush cuke or deter. tomato?

Posted by enmnm (My Page) on
Mon, May 7, 12 at 6:17

I have a "Bush Crop" cucumber and a celebrity hybrid tomato. I had planned to put them in 4 gal containers with a water reservoir in the bottom. I realize that many think bigger is better, but I am constrained by patio space. Will this size work? Also, I keep reading that cucumber roots are shallow. Could I go with a shorter (8" or 10" tall) pot?


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RE: Is a 4 gal SWC big enough for a bush cuke or deter. tomato?

I don't know much about bush cucumbers, hopefully somebody else can help you.

5 gallons is what I consider minimum for tomatoes. You're planning on using 4 gallon pots with some of the space taken up by a water reservoir? That's really tough.

Celebrity is not an option (in my opinion). Though determinate, it is famous for a vigorous/explosive habit... it will outgrow the pot within a month.

Focus on the varieties meant for container gardening - Patio, "Bush" varieties, "Dwarf" varieties, Tumbling Tom, Sophie's Choice - you should be able to find much more complete lists with keywords like "dwarf", "patio", "mini", "short", etc.


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RE: Is a 4 gal SWC big enough for a bush cuke or deter. tomato?

IMO 4 gal should be ok. I'd definitely try it. A little bigger would be better, but if that's what ya got, go for it. I grow decent sized tomato plants in 5 gal. containers.


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RE: Is a 4 gal SWC big enough for a bush cuke or deter. tomato?

The smaller the container the more attention will be required with regard to watering, feeding, too much heat on roots, etc. Likely, you will get some tomatoes. I agree that in the future you might want to look into dwarf types.


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