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Old February 14, 2018   #1
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Default 3 Gallon challenge 2018 !

At risk of repeating this topic :

If you only had 3 gallon containers to plant in (good mixed growing medium )..

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only 5 Tomato Varieties to choose to be the best adapted and productive for the 3 gallon size. . (not 1-2 gallon mini's and not 5 gallon and up ).

What 5 would you choose ?

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Old February 14, 2018   #2
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At risk of repeating this topic :

If you only had 3 gallon containers to plant in (good mixed growing medium )..

AND

only 5 Tomato Varieties to choose to be the best adapted and productive for the 3 gallon size. . (not 1-2 gallon mini's and not 5 gallon and up ).

What 5 would you choose ?

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3 gallon pots and only 5 varieties to choose from?? All of my tomatoes would resemble mild pepper plants:

Anaheim
Fresno
Guajillo
Jalapeno
Poblano


I am trying several other varieties this year so the list may change for 2019 !! For tomatoes, I am not really into the designer hybrids. Indeterminates or bust !!

Last edited by rhines81; February 14, 2018 at 09:19 PM. Reason: Honestly to grow tomatoes in that size pot, from what I have seen - I would just buy the ones I really like at market.
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3 gallons is an odd size. I would guess that your best results would be to run near-constant fertigation, basically run-to-waste hydroponics. I'd still grow dwarf and compact varieties.

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Mano (dwarf)
Dwarf Tasmanian Chocolate
Dwarf Sweet Sue
Then either an orange or a gwr dwarf: Coastal Pride Orange and Dwarf Jade Beauty
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Sophies Choice
Azoychka
Black Cherry
A red grape (still trying new ones)
Your choice of a Dwarf (I have only grown a few)
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True Story:

3 gallon pots and only 5 varieties to choose from?? All of my tomatoes would resemble mild pepper plants:

Anaheim
Fresno
Guajillo
Jalapeno
Poblano


I am trying several other varieties this year so the list may change for 2019 !! For tomatoes, I am not really into the designer hybrids. Indeterminates or bust !!
My 5 Peppers choice (3 gallon ) that over winter multi years ...move to shop in winter out in spring .

Super chili
Black Hungarian
Jimmy Nardello
Sibirskiy Knaz
Grandpa's Siberian House Pepper
and bonus .....

Slonovo Uno
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3 gallons is an odd size. I would guess that your best results would be to run near-constant fertigation, basically run-to-waste hydroponics. I'd still grow dwarf and compact varieties.

Cole
Mano (dwarf)
Dwarf Tasmanian Chocolate
Dwarf Sweet Sue
Then either an orange or a gwr dwarf: Coastal Pride Orange and Dwarf Jade Beauty
Yes siree ! 3 gallon is an odd size...I agree ...but potentially useful in some situations

that more folks are finding useful.

Have you really tried Tasmanian chocolate and sweet sue in a 3 gallon ?..or you would try them in this theoretical scenario ...?

I agree certainly with Mano ....I think it would be on my 3 gallon list or close.
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Sophies Choice
Azoychka
Black Cherry
A red grape (still trying new ones)
Your choice of a Dwarf (I have only grown a few)

I think I would try Sophie's as well


I tried and got a good crop in 3 gallon(with work) with Black cherry ...but they like a bigger space .

Have you tried Azoychka in a 3 gallon before ?

Never considered that ... hmmmmm
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I have tried Tasmanian Chocolate in a cat litter bucket that was about 4 gallons, and it did ok. Frequent watering is the challenge.
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Default Ok My 5 picks 3 gallon I had before

1)Yaponskiy Karlik
2) Budai Torpe
3)sophie's Choice
4)Fuzzy Wuzzy
5) Gold Nugget


2nd 5 alternate pick also :

Cyril's choice
yellow pygmy
Silvery fir ..
Mano
Rosa Vetrov

3rd 5 start :

Kootenai
Lyana
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I have tried Tasmanian Chocolate in a cat litter bucket that was about 4 gallons, and it did ok. Frequent watering is the challenge.
That sounds good to me .......I think what I really mean by this "odd size "

is sub 5 gallon say 3 or 4 gallon ...but not the 1 or 2 gallon limitations and minis .

Some Varieties that display real flexibility and adaptability and production

at the odd size (still small...but not as small as 1 or 2 gallon varieties).
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Keepsake is the only small non-micro plant I've ever grown and it performed poorly. So all I know is my five would be ones I've never grown before.

I'd probably ask Black Bear for suggestions.

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Sorry, I'm new here, but intrigued. You've posted this challenge before? I'm new and tried to use search function to look it up but can't find it...too many results
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Sorry, I'm new here, but intrigued. You've posted this challenge before? I'm new and tried to use search function to look it up but can't find it...too many results
hmmmm I think there was a 3 gallon discussion in 2015...sorry about the weak reference connection .

also I have posted 2 gallon and small containers just to discussions . before that ...I will dig back.


also some other 3 gallon good ones I forgot ...
Krainiy Sever, Ditmarsher, Bonté Tigret, Chibikko, Czech's Bush, Sandpoint (just trying this one this year).
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I would do compact-ish determinates. My mom had great production with Maskotka (really good tasting too). Something like Praleska should also work.
From indeterminates, Indian Stripe has done ok in about 2 gal. It is adaptable.
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