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Old 05-02-2019, 08:06 AM
 
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I’ve grown tomato plants from seeds using Jiffy pots, transplanted into small cups and want to grow them in 5 gallon buckets.

Are these ready to be transplanted into the buckets now?

And, how often to water them once there’re in the buckets?
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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You need to make sure it's past the last frost date for your area....type in last frost date and your zip code.

They look fine but I'd wait a little more...you want them strong and able to sustain rain, wind. Make sure you are using great loamy soil and a tad of fertilizer. Stakes to keep them upright or cages.

Congratulations!
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:10 AM
 
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Will do! I’ve been exposing them to sunlight over a two week period and since they will be in buckets, I could drag them in if nighttime temperature takes a dive or comes close to freezing one night.

How often to water them once there’re in buckets and out in the sun all day?
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Do you have holes drilled in the bottom of buckets for drainage??? That's a must....also I'd put some rocks in the bottom as well, for good drainage.

You have to go by the plants themselves regarding watering schedule. Factor in rain also. Better to be on the dry side than to overwater, which could suffocate roots. The soil should be dry when watering, not moist, although they need lots of water in growing season.

If you see leaves getting limp and soil is dry then you water really well and leave them. If you live in a terribly hot area you could need to water daily if the soil dries out....you'll learn to let the plants tell you when they need water...no other way.
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Old 05-02-2019, 03:38 PM
 
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Do you have holes drilled in the bottom of buckets for drainage??? That's a must....also I'd put some rocks in the bottom as well, for good drainage.

You have to go by the plants themselves regarding watering schedule. Factor in rain also. Better to be on the dry side than to overwater, which could suffocate roots. The soil should be dry when watering, not moist, although they need lots of water in growing season.

If you see leaves getting limp and soil is dry then you water really well and leave them. If you live in a terribly hot area you could need to water daily if the soil dries out....you'll learn to let the plants tell you when they need water...no other way.
Yes, I Did drill holes in the pails and will place a few inches of mulch for drainage and then be mixing two types of potting soil with some compost/manure.

I’m in SW Virginia and will have the buckets in a sunny place and I will let the soil dry before watering while carefully watching the leaves to see if the plant is stressed. I heard they like to grow in 5 gallon pails so we will see! Thanks
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You need to make sure it's past the last frost date for your area.
While it may be safe to plant after the typical last frost date, they won't start really growing until the soil warms up. In my area, last frost day is April 15. I have planted then as well as waiting until ~ May 1. In either case, the plants were about the same size a few weeks later (May 15).
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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While it may be safe to plant after the typical last frost date, they won't start really growing until the soil warms up. In my area, last frost day is April 15. I have planted then as well as waiting until ~ May 1. In either case, the plants were about the same size a few weeks later (May 15).
It just depends on your tolerance for getting the plants out of the house/garage/greenhouse.
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