Having had major failure with tomato seeds sent by my Canadian friend
(first time it has happened), I had to crawl to a nursery and buy a
"Celebrity" tomato plant. Not sure if I ever grew them before.
But the main job last evening was transplanting the healthy, beautiful
little tomatoes and cucumbers that sprouted in two large planters
where I had installed Blue Hibiscus in a mix of yard earth, my
compost, and Perlite.
Did it at twilight and watered them in tenderly so the little darlings
could rest overnight. On morning inspection, they all looked great.
On mid-afternoon inspectiion, after hours of hot sun, they're still
hanging in there. Yay!
Also transplanted a whole bunch of snap pea vines that had
sprung up where the original snap peas were earlier this year.
They planted themselves in the wrong places. I know it's the wrong
season for them, but they were so enterprising that I decided to give
them a chance.. I've never had huge luck replanting vines, so whatever
The "trick" to transplanting tomatoes is to do as you done, transplant
them in the evening (or on a cool, cloudy day) and plant them a lot
deeper than they were in the garden pot. I usually take off the bottom
set of leaves and plant them up to the second set of leaves. If they
are really leggy plant them "sideways" (bury the stem in soil, it will
root). I also feed them right away with "half strength" 10, 10, 10
liquid fertilizer (mix it to 1/2 the recommended strength) and I follow
that up the next day with the same strength fertilizer.
This year I'm growing about two dozen varieties (about 80 plants, a lot
of the "cherry" varieties) and the extra tomatoes all go to the neighbors.
Bill R. (Ohio Valley, U.S.A)
To see pictures from my garden visit http://members.iglou.com/brosen
Bill, isn't fertilizing at transplantation somewhat controversial?
I've always heard that plants should be given a few days to recover.
However, from your account, below, it seems to work for you.
Anybody want to weigh in?
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