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    Default Container Veg: Pot Size Guides

    As we're all gearing up for the exciting GYO task ahead, I'm trying to compile a summary of pot size guides that I hope will be useful for us all based on what I've learnt from the various threads (subject to corrections/inputs from exprienced growers for any veg type below). At the moment, I've mostly restricted the list to fruiting vegetables which is open to expansion to root or brassica etc veg (just that I don't know enough ).

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    Chilli
    Pots: minimum 6" pot with 1 plant or 12"-14" pots with 2 plants
    Window Box: 18" = 2 plants and 24" = 3 plants (where boxes are approx 6" wide and 6" deep)

    Sweet Pepper
    Pots: Between 6"-9" pot but 8" pot as best size

    Tomato
    Pots: Between 9"-12" pot or 10" florist bucket

    Aubergine
    Pots: Between 8"-10" pot

    Cucumber
    Pots: 12" pot

    Courgette
    Pots: Between 12"-15" pot

    Winter Squash
    = ????

    Melon
    = ????

    French Bush/Dwarf Beans
    Window Box: 24" box = not more than 6 bushes

    Potato
    B&Q orange or any DIY bucket = 3 tubers
    Florist bucket = 1 big tuber or 2 small tubers
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    Quote Originally Posted by veg4681 View Post
    As we're all gearing up for the exciting GYO task ahead, I'm trying to compile a summary of pot size guides that I hope will be useful for us all based on what I've learnt from the various threads (subject to corrections/inputs from exprienced growers for any veg type below). At the moment, I've mostly restricted the list to fruiting vegetables which is open to expansion to root or brassica etc veg (just that I don't know enough ).

    Any more say on this?

    Chilli = 6" pot or 12"-14" with 2 plants
    Sweet Pepper = 6"-9" pot
    Tomato = 10" pot (or standard florist black bucket)
    Aubergine = ????
    Cucumber = ????
    Courgette = between 12"-15" pot
    Winter Squash = ????
    Melon = ????
    French Bush/Dwarf Beans = less than 6 bush per 24" window box
    Potato = 3 tubers per B&Q orange bucket or 1 tuber per florist bucket


    Is this final pot size? I think I've been giving mine luxury accommodation as I generally have them all in larger pots than these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMS6 View Post
    Is this final pot size? I think I've been giving mine luxury accommodation as I generally have them all in larger pots than these.
    So what are you corrections, please feel free to edit where possible? This is open to debate .
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    Not much inputs here but thought I add the link to site below with pot size guides for the commonly grown fruiting vegetables.

    BBC - Gardening - How to be a gardener - The productive garden - Tomatoes and cucumbers
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    I grew my chillie peppers in window boxes last year. 3 peppers to a 2 foot plastic window box and 2 peppers to an 18" box! Both boxes were approximately 6" wide and 6" deep!
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    Wilkos do these 9" black buckets which my chillis and toms grew fantastically in last year (the peppers grew well too, but the slugs ate the fruit )

    Tomato Planter Black 9in at Wilkinson Plus
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    This is not an exact science - there are so many variables involved.

    Depth of your container is something important to consider, not just the diameter. Try and give at least a foot of depth if you are able (except for some CCA which will be grown quickly and finished within a few weeks).

    It is worthwhile experimenting with the number of plants in a container - do it in one season, or try changing things each year. Stick to the same variety and growing media and you should be able to work out an optimum size/ density of planting.

    Overall, after... 8 years now, I think... of growing mostly in containers, my advice would be:

    Err on the generous side for brassicas and curcubits - bigger is nearly always better. Don't cram them in.

    Grow tomatoes singly (they can be moved if disease strikes).

    Make use of cheap/ free containers for growing potatoes (such as old compost sacks).

    For quality, grow roots very thinly - thin carrots and beetroot early and give them the space to produce you a well formed crop.

    Tall things outside in containers outside can be trouble: sweetcorn, sprouts, tall kale, cordon tomatoes each have their own difficulties if you can't give grow enough/ give them enough room/ support them properly.

    These are only my experiences and others will have had success where I have failed, and vice versa. If they just make you think about what you are doing, that's great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutecumber View Post
    Depth of your container is something important to consider, not just the diameter. Try and give at least a foot of depth if you are able (except for some CCA which will be grown quickly and finished within a few weeks).

    Err on the generous side for brassicas and curcubits - bigger is nearly always better.

    For quality, grow roots very thinly - thin carrots and beetroot early and give them the space to produce you a well formed crop.
    Surely the container's depth is generally in proportion with the pot's diameter so we shouldn't worry too much. You rarely see a wide diameter pot that's flat-ish unless they're targetted for growing bulbs, flowers or as aquatic plant feature.

    I'm not too keen on the idea of growing roots and onion (not spring) vegetables in pots with relatively poor space to yield ratio and as for Brassica probably mostly worth it for those vegetables that you can continually harvest by picking at it without pulling out the whole plant.
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