How deep do tomato roots need if planting in a bucket?

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 06, 2018
    You will need at least a five gallon bucket and do as Tonya suggested. Make sure you have enough drainage, and remember that the goodies in the soil gets washed out with watering and isn't replenished like when it is in the soil, good fertilizer for tomatoes/vegetables is a must. Extra calcium is also necessary or you will get blossom end rot.
  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 06, 2018
    Yes, plant at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the stem. There are 2 types of tomato plants, the determinate and the indeterminate. The determinate are best for planting in a bucket as they don't grow tall, but rather bushy. The indeterminate just don't give a darn and grow tall and crazy! I'd cut them back when they got about 2 or 3 feet tall to make sure they grow more branches and not so tall that they fall all over the place. But no matter which you plant, make sure the container is big enough for the roots to grow and not get root bound. If you can get a red bucket, that seems to help.
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 07, 2018
    Good advice from all the above, plant them deep they need good root structure, at least 1/2 to 3/4 up the stem need to be below ground.
  • Dfm Dfm on Apr 07, 2018
    The tomato roots run about 12 inches deep, and can branch out to the sides of the container. in a container the toms like 5 gallons of potting mix..
  • Han11807599 Han11807599 on Apr 07, 2018
    Tomato plants are one of the few that can be planted deeper than they originally grew, they'll send roots out of their stems, so plant as deep as you want, just make sure the tops of the plants are still showing.
    • Jan Jan on Apr 07, 2018
      OK , thank you for being so helpful! Can't wait to get started!
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