Transplanting tomato plants into the garden is a very easy process, but you must follow a few steps. In this post, you will learn How and When to Transplant Tomato Plants Into the Garden.
The distance between the stems of the two plants is usually specified on the package which usually about 2 feet (48 cm). Fail to do this step will result in plants competing with each other for sun and space which will result in fewer tomatoes.
Another important thing you need to remember is that it's best for the tomato plant to transplant them in the evening. So, the plant has time to acclimate to their new surrounding.
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When to Transplant Tomato Plants
To transplant tomato seedlings into the garden, the outside soil temperature needs to be at least 55 F (13 C) night and 75 F (24 C) day.
After repotting seedlings, the time frame for them to grow indoors is about 4 to 5 weeks. During the last week or so, you need to slowly transition plants into the outdoors.
Take the plants outside for them to get a little bit of sun each day before planting them into your garden. The sun will burn the plants if you don’t acclimate them slowly.
The acclimate process should be done for about one week before transplanting. On the first day, expose seedlings to direct sun for two hours. Increase one to two hours of sun exposure within each day. On the seventh day, the plants should be exposed to the sun for about eight to ten hours.
How to Transplant Tomato Plants
When planting tomato plants, it's best to bury half of the stem up or all the way to the first split of leaves with soil. The stem will grow out additional roots and there will be more roots to feed the plant.
That results in growing sturdier stems that are hardier plants with tastier tomatoes. Who doesn’t love great-tasting tomatoes? That’s why we grow them, right?
Finally water the plants. Make sure you provide a sufficient amount of water. Read more about watering and fertilizing tomato plants to prevent disease and proving the best growth.
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Christina Victoria says
Thank you so much for putting together such detailed instructions. I had a hard time finding info about transplanting our plants!
Valya of The Farm Girl Blog says
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Hi, I wanted to let you know I found your article about when to transplant tomato very helpful. Thank you, Richard
Aotai Kotua says
Thank you clear and understandable
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