Dutch bucket system for tomato
Dutch Bucket (bato) for tomato
What is Dutch bucket ?
The Dutch Buckets are the heart of the system. They contain the media in which the plants grow and they can be positioned to provide the plant spacing required for the crop being grown. Their design incorporates many features that allow them to be the central part of a very plant- and grower-friendly system.
Which crops can be growing in dutch bucket ?
in commercial hydroponics the most commonly grown plant in Dutch buckets is tomatoes, but you can grow virtually any vining plant. Tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers, and eggplants all grow well in Dutch bucket hydroponics. The seedlings are generally started in rockwool 1.5"cubes and when the plants are 8:"-12" tall and ready to be clipped up to the plant support systems they are ready to transplanted in a Dutch or Bato bucket.
Once in the bucket, nutrients are drip fed to the plant, and the plant is trained to grow vertically, supported by a plant support system that consists of support post and wires. The plants are clipped to twine that hangs from the support wires by using a vine clip. The plants are suckered (removing any new growing tips) and working with just one or two main vines. The plants put more of their energy into producing fruit than more foliage and growing tips.