i thought it might be a good idea to put some of the stuff i have experienced from container growing of tobacco on paper (web whatever lol)
A. first thing i have noticed is that 3 gallons of dirt is just not enuff - 4 gallons is more reasonable in a 5 gallon bucket...
i have several reasons behind this
1. after awhile the dirt compacts and exposes the top parts of the roots
2. heavy winds tend to knock them over if there isnt a wind barrier of some sorts
3. the bottom leaves seem to get pinched, IE broken
B. if they cannot be protected by a barrier of some sort i would suggest something at least to keep them upright, i used a pair of galvanized steel carpet separators (u know the kind that separate diff types of carpet in a doorway - and are relatively flat) bolted to the bottom of the bucket
C. i know that here in Montana once the plant has reached 1.5 ft i had to start watering them 2 times per day
1. i had 30 plants and i watered them 10 gallons of water in 2 diff watering's
2. once the plant reached 3ft i was at almost 30 gallons a day at 3 diff watering's
I know this seems a little much but with buckets the water goes way to fast due to evaporation and plant sucking up the water (pluss mine were on asphalt)
D. when it came to feeding with my miracle grow plant food i would do one scoop for a 5 gallon bucket of water - which is diluted to 1/5th the recommended - this is mostly because i chose a bought soil that was high in all the stuff it needed and had some slow release stuff in it.
1. i used a 18-18-21 tomato food till i got them all in their own buckets and had been in the buckets for about a month
2. i used 30-10-10 for about a month to 6 weeks
3. now after this i went to a 10-30-10 for foliage, hoping that this would give me a little bit bigger leaves, untill the flower buds appeared and now have stopped using all foods
all of these foods were done using the diluted method
so far i havent had any troubles to speak of except for my plants that only have 3 gallons of dirt, the really big trouble that i have had is watering... my recommendation is to get a watering system in place that gives a set amount every day threw drip or something, i have hauled water to mine from my kitchen sink every day in 2, 5 gallon buckets
if anyone else has some container growing things they would like to add please feel free too add them - container growing is a completely different ball game from gardening the regular way
Yes.. I' know your pain about watering...
But mine are sitting in 1,5 Gallon pots
- and I wonder how is it possible, that the've managed to grow
to 6ft (the topped ones...) with bottom leaves measuring 18,1" (inches) long and 11" (inches) width
Anyway now I'm sure - no more planting on balcony - time to go serious and get some field outside
And some photo of this small test plantation :