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Old June 4, 2016   #1
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Default where to buy large black plastic pots?

I need to upgrade some of my pots - the current ones aren't big enough. Where do you pick up these pots for tomatoes for a decent price? I'm thinking at least 5 gallons. Anyone know of an online place that will deliver?

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This or ask for them a nurseries or landscaping places.


http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/p...r/nursery-pots
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if 5 gallon pots will work, why not just use a bucket?
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I got a bunch of 7 gallon pots from a lanscaping crew that was installing a new hedge, free.
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You live in the land of many Hydroponic stores......Los Angeles County. Where i am 1 gallon pots are 50 cents and 5 gallon pots are 2 bucks. If your looking to get them for free check out any areas where they are landscaping new developments or big parkways. I have hundreds of them from my area where they are building new homes.
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Another idea is driving around your neighborhood on bulk pickup days.
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Here is a source that you can get 5 gallon buckets that can withstand 180F, and you can order white - which reflects heat, or black that absorbs heat. http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=25038
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Last night when I answered this I brought up the nurseries and landscaping places.
They normally have huge piles of them stacked up or at least they used to.

But when someone asks a question I try to answer it the way they asked it.
That question was, "Where do I buy large black plastic pots".

on the con side I have no idea how durable these newer plastic pots are.
They seem to be getting thinner and dont last as long as the older ones did.
Even many of the plastic buckets they sell wont last very long sitting in the sun as well as some of the plastic pots like you buy at Home Depot.
Something that would last a life time in the house wont last a year outside.
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Tractor Supply has heavy-duty 5 gallon buckets for $3.99, and they are food-grade.
Plus, they are white so they keep your roots cooler than the black nursery pots.
I have dozens of them, drilled 1/2" holes around the perimeter, about 1/2" above the bottoms, so they drain very well.

Here's a link: http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...e?cm_vc=-10005

Home Depot sells white ones in the paint section, but they cost more.

I saw the "Big Orange" Home Depot buckets selling there for under $3. a piece.
Any of these utility buckets should last you indefinitely.
My white Tractor Supply ones are on their 3rd season in full sun, and look like new.
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Tractor Supply has heavy-duty 5 gallon buckets for $3.99, and they are food-grade.
Plus, they are white so they keep your roots cooler than the black nursery pots.
I have dozens of them, drilled 1/2" holes around the perimeter, about 1/2" above the bottoms, so they drain very well.

Here's a link: http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...e?cm_vc=-10005

Home Depot sells white ones in the paint section, but they cost more.

I saw the "Big Orange" Home Depot buckets selling there for under $3. a piece.
Any of these utility buckets should last you indefinitely.
My white Tractor Supply ones are on their 3rd season in full sun, and look like new.
Yep! Yet another place that south Florida doesn't have.
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I also get mine from landscaping crew, for free.
If you want to buy , say a 5 gallon for like HD, it will be too expensive to me. I rather buy Lowes 5 gallon buckets for about 3 bucks a piece. But check pizza , bakery, sandwich shops they throw away lots of buckets that are food grade.

How about using reusable grocery fabric bags ?
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Those in the picture are 7 gall capacity. Cost =88 cents
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How many gallons is a 5 gallon nursery pot? They always seem so much smaller. Doesn't big enuff for full size mater.
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Yep! Yet another place that south Florida doesn't have.
There's a Tractor Supply in Okeechobee, if you're ever up that way.
Long way to go just for buckets though..
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I also get mine from landscaping crew, for free.
If you want to buy , say a 5 gallon for like HD, it will be too expensive to me. I rather buy Lowes 5 gallon buckets for about 3 bucks a piece. But check pizza , bakery, sandwich shops they throw away lots of buckets that are food grade.

How about using reusable grocery fabric bags ?
I practice what I preach.
Those in the picture are 7 gall capacity. Cost =88 cents
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I've used the shopping bags from Aldi's as grow bags for fingerling potatoes.

$1.99 each, and they measure around 10 gal. capacity or so. They worked great last year, and easily last for several seasons, too. And they're a beige color, which doesn't heat up the roots too.
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I've used the shopping bags from Aldi's as grow bags for fingerling potatoes.

$1.99 each, and they measure around 10 gal. capacity or so. They worked great last year, and easily last for several seasons, too. And they're a beige color, which doesn't heat up the roots too.
There you go !

I used several of the last year too, for peppers and tomatoes. They were in perfect shape at the end of season. Even if they didn't what would be the cost ? 88 cents
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