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15 Ideal Vegetables That Grow Well In A Pot Or Container

If you are planning to start a vegetable garden but don’t have enough space then you can go head with container vegetables gardening. Growing vegetables in pots needs six hours of sun, potting mix soil and adequate amount of water and drainage to grow well.

Hybridized breeds in vegetables are the best vegetables to grow in pots, as they need lesser space. Here is the list of 15 ideal container vegetables for your home garden. There is a great possibility that you cannot find all these varieties so you can even switch the varieties like midget, tiny, baby and dwarf.

Growing Vegetables In Pots That Can Thrive With A Little Care

1: Beets

This kind of beets variety grows well in small spaces – however, if you want best results try to grow “Red Ace” type. You need to have a pot, which has at least 12 inches depth so that beets can grow freely. Within such a space, you can grow up to six different plants. If you want to have more, opt the baby beets.

Growing beets in pots
Growing beets in pots

2: Beans In Pots

There are two best types of bush varieties including “derby” and “provider” – for growing these you need a pot which has about 12 inches depth. It is important to check root depth of vegetables for better growth. If you want to grow long poles within a box, you would have to attach trellis along with the pot.

Growing Beans In Pots
Growing beans in pots

3: Growing Carrots

Are you interested in growing carrots in containers? If yes, then you must start growing the varieties like:

  • Thumbelina
  • Short n Sweet
  • Little Fingers

If you actively water the pot, you are more likely to get a healthier plant. In case you wish to have longer plants, make sure you choose deeper pots.

Growing Carrots In Pots
Growing Carrots In Pots

4: Cole Crops For Pots

Cole crops include cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage; these are the most easy vegetables to grow in pots. However, you should not plant lot of types in a single pot otherwise, they will not be able to grow. You may also like to see vegetables to plant in spring.

Growing Cole Crops In Container
Growing Cole Crops In Container

5: Cucumber In Pots

If you are interested in growing cucumber in containers, then always go for “Salad Bush” or “Bush Pickle” varieties. You must consider the plants coming out of the edges of the pot.

Planting Cucumber In A Pot
Planting Cucumber In A Pot

6: Growing Eggplant In Pots

Any pot which has the capacity to hold up to 5 inches depth can be used for growing eggplant. However, without stake you would not be able to hold the plant in the pot, so be careful.

Growing Eggplant In A Pot

7: Lettuce and other Greens

If you are looking for best vegetables to grow in pots, then your choice would be lush greens and lettuce. In this case, the size of the pot does not come into a count. Take some fertile soil, add the required seeds and keep the soil moist so that you can get lovely salads from the home garden. You may also like to see: vegetables to plant in winter.

Growing Lettuce and other Greens
 Growing Lettuce and other Greens            

8: Melons In Container

Have you heard about dwarf melon “Bush Sugar Baby” melons? These are tiny watermelon types, which are perfect to grow in small pots. In a deep pot, it would continue to grow and leave the edges with spirals. These would provide the fruit with necessary support, so pay special attention to it.

Growing Melons In Pots
Growing Melons In Pots

9: Onions

Particularly green onions are known to grow well in containers. You require a bag of set and a pot, which is about 4 to 5 inches deep. Within this size, you can freely grow an onion until it is a bulb size.

Growing onions in a pot
Growing onions in a pot

10: Growing Peas In Pots

You can plant up to six plants within a 12-inch deep pot of the following baby pea variety:

  • Green Arrow
  • Maestro
  • Englishpeas
  • Sugar Bon’ snap pea
Growing peas in a pot
Growing peas in a pot

11: Peppers

It is an ideal rule to have a big pot so that peppers grow better. You have the liberty to grow any kind of pepper within the container.

Growing Peppers In Pots
Growing Peppers In Pots

12: Growing Potatoes In Pots

It is always fun to grow potatoes, and specially fun growing potatoes in a container.  You need a pot, which has up to 12 inches, and plant 3 to 4 potato es in the pot. Keep on giving it enough water so that plant starts to produce; make sure all the stems are fully covered with soil. Within a few months, you can get early potatoes and later you can take out the larger ones. You may also like to see: shade loving vegetables,vegetables to grow indoor.

Growing Potatoes In Container
Growing Potatoes In Container

13: Radishes

Radishes can be grown quickly and easily even if you have the smallest container. All you have to scatter are some seeds in the pot (top level) and keep the soil moist diligently. You may also like to see: growing lettuce in containers.

Growing Radishes In Pots
Growing Radishes In Pots

14: Squash In Pots

Use a 5 to 7 inch deep pot so that you can grow lovely winter squash varieties – these may include:

  • Cornell Bush Delicata
  • Papaya Pear
  • Table King’
Growing Squash In Pots
Growing Squash In Pots

15: Growing Tomatoes In Pots 

It is your right to have juicy and fresh tomatoes; you can certainly grow them in pots. However, you must try first a dwarf variety like ‘Bush Big Boy’ in a 5-inch deep container. The popular dwarf varieties are;

  • Patio
  • Tiny Tim
  • Window Box Roma

All these varieties fit perfectly in smaller size containers and pots. You may also like to read popular varieties of tomatoes for short and long growing season.

Growing Tomatoes In Pots
Growing Tomatoes In Pots


Therefore, by now you must be intrigued enough to start growing vegetables in pots or containers. Growing blueberries in pots is also a fun activity. Once done with veggies you can start your own fruit garden as well.

About Farhan Ahsan

My name is Farhan Ahsan,I am web enthusiast, writer and blogger. I always strive to be passionate about my work. I started my work at the beginning of 2007 by engaging myself with detail reading and exchanging information with others. Since then things and times have changed, but one thing remains the same and that is my passion for helping and educating people, building a successful blog and delivering quality content to the readers. I always love to write about gardening, sustainable life, off grid living and homestead farming.

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  1. I love that you have pictures with your growing recommendations. I’m looking forward to growing many if not all of these in pots this next year. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Love the article. Most of my seeds are in pots!!!

  3. Excellent information……………………Now I can grow them easily

  4. it is nice to see but How to start

  5. We have a terrible time in Brisbane growing tomatoes –how do we beat the fruit flies?

    • I do this when I have fruit flies in my house and it works! Take a small glass glass, fill it about half full with apple cider vinegar and add 2 – 3 drops of liquid dish washing detergent. Then just leave on the counter around the area where the fruit flies are. You will be surprised at how many will be dead in the bottom of that glass when you check it later on! Change the vinegar every couple of weeks until there is no more activity. Good luck!

  6. Nice.. Easy to implement it.

  7. lisa Chadwick-Firman

    fantastic Farhan, thank you! 🙂

  8. Hi there, fantastic list, really comprehensive! I’ve got my own infographic done up on this, specifically for the Australian climate. Ive included a few here you might not have thought of! Check it out: http://bit.ly/1lEOvtA

  9. Hi,
    What is the approximate diameter of the pots you use?

  10. I would probably agree with most of these for my climate (Australia) – but not all of them! I haven’t had any success with either eggplants or cucumbers in pots, but have had great success with things like Leeks, Capsicum and Chillies! Ive got a great info graphic of my top 10 veggies to grow in pots on my blog if you’re interested! http://bit.ly/1rn7Qkt

    • I have horrible luck with eggplant in the garden but last year I grew more Japanese eggplant (the longer thin ones – one plant per 18″ back plastic pot) than I knew what to do with. Just a word of advice: build a strong staking structure before they get going or you’ll never be able to hold them up. I ended up having to put the pots on the lawn and stake around the outside of the pot because my cage in the pot wasn’t adequate.

  11. sanaullah bukhari

    wao great work

  12. My green or red bell peppers, squash and cucumbers never did well in containers, and I have tried 2 yrs in a row. Tomatoes have done well, as well as hot peppers, sage, basil and mint.

  13. Nice to know almost all main veges can be grown in containers. Thanks.

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  16. Great post! Definitely a very helpful information and nice ideas. My sister wants to turn her balcony into a small garden by adding few containers of veggies and herbs, and here are lovely suggestions. I’m surely recommending you post to her. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Beautifully presented! Your pictures are inspiring. Container gardens mean that anyone and everyone can grow at least a few vegetables!!

  18. I’ve searched a number of blogs, tomato is the number 1 list for homegrown pot vegies. I also love planting pechay because it grows fast and easy to plant. Just in 2 weeks you can make a sweet soup out of it.

    • You right James tomato is the easiest vegetable to grow among other home grown pot veggies, I just prepared a list of 15 container vegetables you can grow
      in pots if you have limited garden space.

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