Re: [tomato] getting ready to order seed. Need opinions. (
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 16:32:44 EDT

Hi Michelle. For what it's worth, I've grown several varieties of tomatoes in 
five gallon buckets this year and none of them seemed to run out of room in 
the pots. All of the tomatoes I planted in the spring reached at least ten 
feet tall, most around 12 to 14 feet. A cherry tomato seems to be about 18 
feet tall, although it fell over in hurricane Floyd and doubled back on 
itself, so I'm not sure. I'm still getting lots of tomatoes every day, so I 
haven't pulled up most of the plants yet to examine the roots. The ones I 
have pulled up, were in no danger of outgrowing the buckets. 
    You might consider growing some of the bigger varieties anyway and see 
how they do for you. I asked about root size on another newsgroup and the 
conclusion seems to be that roots grow as big as they need to to get the food 
they need. Has anyone here had experience with their bucket tomatoes running 
out of room for the roots?