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Posted on 30 May 2011 by

Moving On Up – Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Tomato seeds that were planted in January are in a dire need to be moved to a new location.

A good way to tell if they are ready to be transplanted is if there are two to three sets of true leaves on the tomato seedlings.

If the plants have the correct number of leaves, it is time to move on up.

While one may feel the best approach is to move up to a very large container, this is not the best choice. A larger container provides too much room for proper root development. The best approach is to upsize to a 4 or 6-inch container.

Before doing the move, a soil mixture will have to be made. This is made from 4 parts compost, 2 parts peat moss, and 1 part each of vermiculite and perlite. Mix this soil mixture in a large bucket and place a cover over it until ready to use.

Next thoroughly wash the containers that are going to be used. Place them in a solution of one gallon of water to one cap full of bleach. Rinse the containers completely in clean water and place outside to dry in the bright sunlight. Allowing the containers to dry Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 17 May 2010 by

The Tomato Chronicles: The Move to a New Home

tomato4By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Tomatoes are pretty easy to transplant to a container or garden.

Actually the deeper you plant and the more “teased” the roots are the stronger the plant will be for the growing season.

As stated before one of the most important decisions one needs to make is location.

Tomatoes need at least 8 hours of full sun per day. If that is not possible then red plastic needs to be used as a “landscape cloth” to maximize UV light. Another factor that needs to be considered is water.

If where you plan to plant your tomatoes is not near a water source then accommodations need to be made. Inconsistent watering has caused the loss of many tomatoes to bottom-rot. Once these decisions have been made planting your tomato plant is simple.

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Posted on 18 April 2010 by

The Tomato Chronicles – Transplanting

transplantingBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Transplanting is one of those crucial tasks that can make or break a gardener.

This task can be made easier and more successful if these simple steps are followed depending on how one’s seeds were planted.


  • Plant labels
  • Waterproof marker
  • Potting soil
  • Larger cell packs (4-packs) or containers
  • Fertilizer 5-10-10, or 10-10-10
  • Water system such as watering can or watering hose

Cell Packs

If your seeds were started in cell packs it is not a difficult tasks to transplant these seedlings. First you need to make sure they are ready to be transplanted. The determining factor is the number of leaves. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 03 May 2008 by

Hardening Off Tomato Seedlings for Transplanting

Tomato SeedlingsBy Michelle Fabio

When it comes time to transfer your seedlings outside (whether to the ground or a container), you don’t want to just drop them out there all of a sudden into the elements without preparing them first.

This preparation is called hardening off–toughening up your baby plants so they can grow into big plants with fabulous tomatoes.

You want to get them used to the light, wind, and temperatures outside gradually before they make the big move.

Here are some common methods for hardening off your tomato plants: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 November 2007 by

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:
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Posted on 01 August 2007 by

How to Flirt Your Way to Choosing Better Tomato Plants

How to Choose Good Tomato Plants for Transplanting by Flirting - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

If you aren’t growing your tomatoes from seeds, it’s good to know how to choose tomato plants for transplanting at the local nursery.

Most nursery workers will guide you in the right direction, but it never hurts to show up prepared.

So, keeping in mind that you’ll be choosing plants that will hopefully be with you for quite some time, it’s a good idea to FLIRT with them a bit before you take them home:

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