Transplanting Tomatoes

When transplanting tomatoes into dirt, you can bury them deep.  Tomatoes will root anywhere along the stem that they come into contact with moist soil.  When transplanting from the AeroGarden or from pots, you can trim the lowest leaves from a tomato and bury it deep, with just top leaves above ground.  While your tomato just got shorter, it will grow back quickly and develop a more robust root system as a result.

6 thoughts on “Transplanting Tomatoes

  1. During the winter I had 2 tomato plants in my Aerogarden. Eventually (after a lot of ribbing about my “pollinating” the plants, we harvested 11 (eleven) green tomatoes, which just didn’t seem to want to redden up. I put them in a brown lunch sack with an apple, and shortly they all ripened!
    The bonus is, I trimmed off the plants prior to dumping the water & roots, but as my hubby and I both love the tomato plant fragrance, I popped the 12 inch tall tops in a vase of water & perched it on the kitchen windowsill. Wow – they all rooted, we planted them in soil about the first of May, put the pot on the deck, and now we have red tomatoes (8) out there with more blossoms turning into babies. Our Earthbox tomatoes also on the deck won’t produce for at least another month here in Michigan.
    Am I having too much fun???

    • Tomatoes definitely ripen at their own pace, and it always seems like forever! Personally, I’d wait rather than forcing the ripening process, the flavor will be substantially better. Let us know how the fruits taste on the transplanted tomatoes! Report has it that our cherry tomatoes are extremely prolific and the perfect size for pots and containers. At the end of the season, you can re-root a cutting and bring them back indoors.

  2. Are you supposed to leave the tomato plant in the sponge, or can you safely remove the roots and re-use the sponge for planting other things?

    • You’ll want to remove the sponge from the grow basket and plant the sponge, roots and all. Grow baskets can be re-used, but you should not re use the sponges (which are usually so full of roots you couldn’t anyway). Thanks!

  3. my tomatoes leaves seem to be drying out at the bottome of the plants. What am I doing wrong?

    • Absolutely nothing. As the top of the canopy grows it blocks light to the bottom of the plant. The leaves are no longer “producing” for the plant so they stop supporting them. Three things will help how this looks 1) do a rinse and refull next time you add nutrients. To to that, siphon out the old water from the reservoir and add new water and nutrients. 2) trim back dead leaves. This won’t hurt the plant at all. 3). Some people add supplemental lighting from the side. This will increase yields as well as keep those bottom leaves looking good longer.

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