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SIze of Cow Pots to Use

Posted by adc14 SE MI (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 29, 10 at 11:18

I've been using cow pots for a couple of years, now. This year, I transplanted my tomatoes into the 4 inch ones (seeded 3.28). They are already 7-8 inches tall! The roots are coming out of the pots. Should I have used a 5 inch one? I'm having just the opposite problem with my eggplant seeded at the same time. They have their true leaves, but seem small for a month old. The same seedlings transplanted into a deep plastic insert are twice as big. Any help out there? Zone 5b Ann Arbor

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RE: SIze of Cow Pots to Use

I know once I took my tomatoes out of their cells and transplanted to 16 oz cups, they shot up and got a lot fuller. Since it's only going to be a few more weeks indoors, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Unless there are a lot of roots coming out.

As far as the root/container ratio, I noticed that my green onions in the cells had much more root development than the ones planted in egg cartons. Probably just a matter of depth and overall size.

Oh yeah, what's a cow pot??? Like a peat pot? I've heard a lot of bad things about peat pots.


RE: SIze of Cow Pots to Use

Cow pots are made from dried cow manure. They are much better than peat pots--hold moisture and decompose in the soil. I like them a lot.

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