Christian1971
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Six Inch Pots for 2 Month Pepper or Tomato Seedlings?

Will 6 inch high net pots work for 2 month old pepper or tomato seedling? I did see styrophoam cups 44oz.

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Re: Pots

Is this for hydroponics? Or do you mean to grow the seedlings in potting mix up to 2 months old before planting them out? Most of my final tomato transplants are in 16-32 oz containers by the time they are planted, peppers seedlings are probably more like 12-16 oz.

Check out this thread for ideas: Subject: Recycled containers for seed starting and uppotting
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Re: Six Inch Pots for 2 Month Pepper or Tomato Seedlings?

Are 44 oz styrophoam containers good or too big? I can get them super cheap.

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Re: Six Inch Pots for 2 Month Pepper or Tomato Seedlings?

OK honestly? I don't trust styrofoam for growing edible plants -- but I know many people use them, so that's up to you to research and decide.

Two issues -- 44 oz does seem a bit unnecessarily big but it's a drink cup right? -- more of an issue with the height if you are growing under lights (height of the container plus the plant height) and drink cups with narrower bottoms tend to fall over easily (plus styrofoam so very lightweight) so you need to think of a way to weigh down the soil (I used pumice gravel with 24-28 oz plastic beverage cups) and still had to hogtie the cups and the plants together. These plants quickly outgrew the available height under the lights and needed to be carried outside for the day and inside for the night.

If you decide to get and use them, you might consider completely cutting an inch or two off the BOTTOM of the cups, then packing some moist potting mix in the bottom and putting them on web trays and then transplanting. Once the tomato roots fill the bottom the soil and plant will not fall out. I could also picture jamming a piece of newsprint in the bottom of the cut off cup then filling with potting mix. The paper will break down and dissolve by the time the roots fill the bottom.
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Re: Six Inch Pots for 2 Month Pepper or Tomato Seedlings?

Where are you, Christian, and when will you be setting them into the garden? I am in South Louisiana, and if it were me, that size would be sufficient, because I'd be putting them in the garden in early March.
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