How to Transplant Tomatoes


For those growing seedlings indoors, the young plant will need to be transferred to its permanent home with great care. It is important to check that the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees before replanting. However, tomatoes love warmer temperatures and anything above sixty degrees will provide the best results. In preparation, the area outside should be weeded, aerated and cleared of debris. A small hole, around an inch deep, should be dug using the index finger. The plants will need some space, so these holes should be at least three inches apart. The soil below the seedling should then be gently squeezed and the young plant carefully pulled out of the nursery cup. It can then be transferred to the pre-prepared holes.

Once in place, the seedling should be well packed with soil and made as stable as possible. It is also important to remember that the seedling should be as erect as possible to give it the best start. This process can be very stressful on a young plant. The area can then be lightly watered and left to take root. It is important to water the area at least twice a week, more in drier climates. Many people will put a tomato cage in place at this point, before any significant growth begins. This process of transfer is the most stress the plant will likely endure and many may not survive. It is good practice to grow more seedlings than is required so dead plants can be quickly replaced. Many people will choose to grow tomatoes near walls or other structures to prevent damage from high winds.

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