Comments On - Transplanting Tomato Plants

Bottom rot - I grow tomatoes in containers and initially, my plants were suffering from bottom rot.I gave them calcium enriched tomato food and that made the plants grow, but did not prevent bottom rotting.

I transferred some of the plants into bigger containers and with others, I trimmed them. That did the trick for me.
Tess, Westbury, NY
Posted: 7/24/2015 8:02:22 AM
Granted there are probably over a dozen tips one can share about planting/transplating tomatoes. But, one essential is planting depth. I learned from old man Crockett (founder of the old PBS series "Crockett's Victory Garden") that when transplanting tomatoes, strip the stem of all the leaves all the way to the first set of true leaves. Lay the stem in a trench no deeper than three inches. Slightly bend the top of the plant so that only the top with the leaves is above the soil. After two to three weeks it's just as big as the ones that were not stripped off it's leaves and planted in the same depth as it came out of a six pack. But, from then on it continued to be a much healthier plant. The point is, the stem that was burried developed roots and greatly added/aided to the development of the plant. Plus, since it's not too deep the roots stays warmer and it easily gets water. However, one caveat is, it has to be mulched since at that depth the soil also dries out quicker.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 5/21/2013 4:32:44 PM
Great tips.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 3/20/2013 11:54:41 PM
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