Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Containers for Tomatoes - Surface Area

In the UK we usually grow our tomatoes in containers.

There are many different shapes and sizes of container for tomato growing, each having its own pros and cons. For example, grow bags are great for tall varieties and have a large surface area for oxygen absorption by surface roots.
The disadvantage with such a large surface area and shallow depth of soil is that soil or compost dries out quickly.

A high sided pot is great for trailing tomatoes to tumble over the sides, keeping the tomatoes off the ground. However, it has a much smaller surface area than a grow bag so to optimize a tall pot, adding perlite or vermiculite can be useful in getting air down into the root area.

For more information about growing tomatoes in containers.

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