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Root Knot Nematodes and Containers Placed on the Soil

Posted by yumtomatoes 10b/FLA (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 12, 11 at 18:43

My friend has offered to let my place some of my containers with tomatoes in them on the side of her house on a bare area of dirt. My containers have holes in the bottom to let water drain. Is it likely that root knot nematodes will crawl into the holes and eat the roots of my tomato plants or should it be OK?

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RE: Root Knot Nematodes and Containers Placed on the Soil

I would put your containers on supports to keep them off the soil. Your tomatoes are likely to grow out of the drainage holes and into the soil, otherwise. You don't want to convert your container into a raised bed. Al

RE: Root Knot Nematodes and Containers Placed on the Soil

I can't put them on supports on her yard. So I take it that the worms would probably get into the container if I didn't place them on supports above the ground?

RE: Root Knot Nematodes and Containers Placed on the Soil

I used what I had around the house for supports, in my case 2 lengths of 2" diameter pvc pipes. Not very noticeable and just enough to keep them off the ground.
A couple of blocks hidden under the containers would work and not be visable.

Just my 2 cents, good luck with the tomatoes!


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