4 pro gardener tips for successful tomato transplants

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Transplanted three per pot, around the edge

This morning, six of the Beefsteak tomato seedlings from the original kit of 16 holes got transplanted into 8″ self-watering pots.

Before performing a transplant on these, I spent a few days researching suggestions from professional gardeners on how to do this safely and keep the vines in top notch growing condition.

  • Add an organic fertilizer after 4 weeks of growth. Follow the fertilizer instructions carefully.
  • Use a top grade potting soil, not dirt from the garden. Avoid potting soil that contains sticks and inorganic material.
  • Place each seedling into a hole as wide as its leaf spread, and as deep as its total height (roots plus stem), leaving the top leaves exposed. Cover with top grade potting soil and water well, to moisturize the soil.
  • Dice a banana peel and place in the potting soil to give the new plants some food.

So that’s how to give your new tomato vines more chances at productive growth, and you more chances at juicy tomatoes!

First, work down the side with the edges out

Once loosened, turn the spoons to lift out the root ball

Oh, a hint of my own: Rather than using trowels and risking the barely developed roots, I used a pair of plastic spoons and worked down the side of the peat seedling squares with the bowl facing the edge, to loosen the root ball. Once loosened, I grabbed it gently with the spoon pair and lifted it out and into place in its new home.

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