Posted on 27 November 2007 by tomatocasual

Transplanting a Large Tomato Plant

Transplanting a Large Tomato Plant

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!

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6 Responses to “Transplanting a Large Tomato Plant”

  1. tomatocasual Red Icculus Says:

    This is a great guide. Thanks for the writeup.

  2. tomatocasual michelle Says:

    Hope it serves you well!

  3. tomatocasual miss tomato Says:

    how do i stop wilting after i transplant???

  4. tomatocasual randybo Says:

    The plant will naturally wilt after transplant. Water heavily and it should begin to perk up in about 3 days. Good Luck.

  5. tomatocasual Chris and his Tomatoes Says:

    When doing cuttings, it’s often advised that the leaves be removed so the plant can concentrate on rooting. Does the same concept apply when you’re moving a grown tomato plant?

  6. tomatocasual courtney Says:

    I have two tomato plants I bought from a local nursery that I transplanted into two very large (roughly 5 gallon) containers. I am a novice gardener, and I realized that I used TOPSOIL in the containers and am very concerned that I have really screwed them up. They look great right now and show no signs of trouble…but it’s only been a week.

    Can I carefully dig up the plants and “re-start” them with proper potting soil? They have only been in the pots for a week. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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