Video: How to Plant Tomatoes

comments (2) March 1st, 2010

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Produced by: Kate Geruntho Frank. Videography: Gary Junken.


Tomatoes like to be planted very deeply. Deep planting helps to ensure that your plants will grow to be healthy and robust.

If your plant came in a peat pot, make sure you remove all of the pot before planting. Peat takes a long time to break down and wicks away moisture from the plant.

Tease the roots of your tomato plant before putting it in the ground, especially if your tomato plant has become rootbound.

Remove the first few sets of leaves and bury your plant two or three times as deep as you would any other plant. While this may seem extreme, all of the tiny hairs along the stem of your tomato plant will become roots once they're buried.

Once you've planted your tomato, you'll need to think about how you're going to support it. If you're using a tomato cage, now is a good time to set your cage in place. You could also drive in a stake or any other support you're using. If you wait too long to get your supports in place, you risk damaging your plant's roots.

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IWeed writes: When pruning my indeterminate tomatoes I have used the suckers to root new plants. Hopefully, you have a long enough growing season to reap the fruit from this new plant. I just put the broken off sucker in the moist ground and it roots quickly.
Posted: 10:58 am on April 21st
MarkNearDC writes: This is great, and very true. I would snip the branches with clippers to avoid bruising the stem. Also, you can lay the stem somewhat sideways, rather than straight down. Remove the pot (and burlap for shrubs/trees) for sure!
Posted: 1:59 pm on May 21st
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