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Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

Posted by Jentz none (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 6, 12 at 22:01

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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RE: Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

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,


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RE: Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

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.


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RE: Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

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.


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RE: Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

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?


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RE: Help with growing plants in 5 gallon buckets

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.


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