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Transplanting or replanting tomato plants is the process by which the plant is re-potted from one location to another. This process usually takes place after the plant has been started from seed in optimal growing conditions.
There are many benefits to transplanting tomato seedlings, but the most important is the fact that you can control the growing environment and maximize your garden space.
Although transplanting may seem like a straightforward process, in reality, it's a bit more complicated than you might think. First of all, it is crucial that you understand the differences involved in transplanting your plants from one container to another and transplanting from a container into the garden.
Let's first look into when you need to transplant your seedling into a larger container. There are a few reasons why you would want to transplant your seedlings from the container where they germinated to a secondary container:
Before you do anything, it's important to remember that you should not water your tomato plants on the day you wish to transplant them to a new container. The wet soil has the tendency to stick to the roots. Wet soil is also heavier, increasing the likelihood of the roots breaking while you transplant.
Having avoided that mistake, here is how to transplant your tomato plant from one container to another:
You should only transfer your plant from a container to the garden if it is already around 4–5 inches tall and the outside temperature is above 50–55 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Additionally, you should only transplant a tomato plant into the garden after you have hardened it.
Hardening off tomato plants is the process of acclimating your tomato seedlings or young plants to the outside environment before permanently planting them into the ground or permanently leaving them outdoors (if you grow tomato plants in containers). This process usually happens over a period of at least one to two weeks.
Here is how to do it:
What about people who need to go to work and can't be home to take their plants back in after two hours? In that case, find a spot that does not receive a lot of direct sunlight and let your plants be out until you get home from work. This is not the best way to do it, but you might have to do it anyway if you have no other option.
Note: Hardening is something that you need to do not just for tomato plants, but all plants that were initially grown indoors. This is done to prevent the plants from dying of shock or getting sunburnt from their harsh new environment.
It is crucial that you get the first steps right when planting your tomatoes in the garden. This is especially important if you are growing an indeterminate variety, as they need a very strong foundation.
Follow these steps and you should be good to go:
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Brandon Lobo (author) on April 16, 2020:
It really depends on the soil. If you've already added a lot of other fertilizer, I would place the cow dung on the top, but if you have not added any additional chemical fertilizers, go ahead and mix some in. Check out my article on fertilzing tomatoes for more information: https://dengarden.com/gardening/best-fertilizer-fo...
Ginger on April 16, 2020:
When transplanting them permanently into my raised garden, should I add cow manure to the soil?
Brandon Lobo (author) on April 09, 2020:
You're welcome and good luck transplanting those tomato plants.
Mrs. Thapa on April 09, 2020:
Thanks, very useful tips, will transplant it right now
Brandon Lobo (author) on February 10, 2020:
You're welcome and good luck the next time you plant some.
Mose Adam Truett on February 10, 2020:
Now I know what I and my brother have been doing wrong. Thanks Amigo.
Brandon Lobo (author) on September 24, 2018:
Hi Liz, thanks for the comment. I personally grow them in containers most of the time. Very rarely do I move them to the garden.
Liz Westwood from UK on September 24, 2018:
This is a very useful article. Most people I know who grow tomatoes tend to start them off either inside on a windowsill or in a greenhouse and then replant them outside as they get bigger and as the weather warms up.