Growing in Containers

When you don’t have much ground soil, use containers.


A minimum container size is a gallon. The largest containers can grow a 10 foot tree.

Smaller pots can easily be moved for better aethestics, better sunlight.

Key issues for containers are water, drainage, and nutrients.

What do you want your container made of?

Ceramic pots are long-lasting, which is good because it will take a while to amortize the cost. As an example, imagine the unit cost of growing a tomato: a medium pot that might produce 30 large tomatoes a year cost you a dollar per tomato (if you amortize over a year). Over ten years, it adds only 10 cents per tomato.

  • $15 = small pots (8 inch wide by 8 inch deep)
  • $25 = medium pots (16 inch wide by 8 inch deep) = 6 gallons
  • $30 to $40 = medium pots (12 inch wide by 16 inch deep)or (14wideby12deep) = 8 gallons
  • $60 to $80 = large pots (18 inch wide by 24 inch deep)
  • $120 to $200 = extra-large pots (24 inch wide by 36 inch deep, and larger)

Plastic pots are cheaper but the plastic does not last as long (it becomes brittle). Also its appearance worsens.

Galvanized pots


16×7 = 6 gallons

14×12 = 8 gallons

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