By Michelle Fabio
Perhaps your gardening needs have changed or maybe you just need to make space for new plants and you’re thinking to move your grown tomato plant.
Will it survive the move?
Honestly, the odds aren’t good. Tomato plants tend to get attached to where they grow, quite literally. But if you don’t have a choice and it’s move it or lose it anyway, here are some tips on transplanting a large tomato plant:
1. About a week to ten days before you want to move the plant, drive a shovel straight into the ground about a foot away from all sides of the plant. If you’re lucky, the plant will start growing new roots closer to home, so to speak.
2. Water the plant well before you move it, even up to a few days before.
3. Prepare the spot for the plant.
4. Dig up the plant on a day without strong sun, preferably in late afternoon, keeping as much soil attached to the roots as possible.
5. Replant and then water well, staking it if you see that it requires support.
Best of luck!