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Transplanting a heirloom tomato plant

I planted an heirloom tomato plant in a 5-gallon container now the stems are so long they are hanging over the small fencing I have around them. Can I now transplant it in the ground?
Tlong51
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Posted 2017-08-10T19:34:32+0000  by Teno Teno
 

Hi Teno,


Tomato plants will be able to grow better in the ground, with good soil, than they can in any container.


Their roots can spread and feed from a larger area, rich in nutrients, complete with enzymes that are difficult to duplicate in a container.


The tomato's watering needs will also be easier to maintain in the ground.


Be careful not to break any of the branches of the tomato plant. They are very fragile, and they will need additional support after you finish transplanting.


Keep us posted with your results!


-Travis

Posted 2017-08-11T18:26:43+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL



Hi Tlong51.

 

Yes, you should be able to plant your 5-gallon tomato plant in the ground.  Be sure to dig a hole that is 1 ½ -2 times as deep as your 5-gallon container is tall.  Tomatoes are deep rooting veggies. Prepare your soil with a good soil amendment.  Fill the hole about 1/3 full of your soil amendment.  Before you take your Heirloom Tomato out of its container, check the depth of the hole. 

 

You will want the top of the soil in the container to be even with the top of the soil at your hole.  Once you have the right amount of soil in the hole, with your hands, draw the soil from the sides of the hole to the center to form a cone.  Be careful not to disturb the root system of your 5-gallon tomato plant.  Tap the container on the sides and on the bottom to loosen it slightly. 

 

Gently remove the plant from its container and place into the hole on top of the cone your just made.  Carefully work the plant into the hole until the soil of the plant meets the soil at the top of the hole. 

 

Fill in the rest of the hole with your soil amendment.  Gently tap the soil to help it settle into the hole.  Water the new planting to settle the soil and add more soil as needed.  Do your transplanting in the early morning while it is still cool outside.  If it is going to be a very hot day, you may want to keep you newly planted tomato shaded for that first day.





Water again later that morning unless you get rain and again the next morning.  A mature tomato plant may need 2-3 gallons of water a day, depending on the weather.

 

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.

 

Rick_HD_OC

Posted 2017-08-11T18:36:40+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
 
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