Transplant tomatoes, or start again from suckers?

  • Transplant tomatoes, or start again from suckers?

    Posted by FaithK on July 11, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Anyone with experience with changing their mind and transplanting tomatoes from containers to ground? My experimental bagged tomatoes HATE their containers and have moved beyond “drama queen” to “I’m really dying, save me save me” status. So, my choices are let them die, watch them each grow like 1 tomato if I baby it, or attempt to transplant. Should I just restart suckers from the plants instead? I’m gonna try to plant them where the onions were/are, close to the house, rather than out in the full day of summer sun big garden. David teaches to just do it, but man, I really am tired! LOL

    South replied 9 months, 1 week ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Hippocrates_Garden

    July 11, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    Do both. Pull some suckers to root as a backup, but go ahead and plant what you have as it just might work.

    Remember, pull all but maybe 2-4 leaves off at the very top, and bury the thing as so that just those 2-4 leaves and a tad bit of stalk is showing. If they are very tall, you can lay it on it’s side in a trench-like setting and have that last bit above the ground, and of course water in well. If they take off, you’re golden, if they struggle or die, you have the suckers rooting as a backup (or extra plants).

    This is what I’d do. Of course, without pictures or other details, we’re just shooting in the dark with generalities.

    • FaithK

      July 11, 2023 at 11:06 pm

      You don’t think it’s too late for that kind of stripping and burying? Arrgh, just need to suck it up and do it. This is my problem. Analysis paralysis. Thanks dude.

      • Hippocrates_Garden

        July 11, 2023 at 11:31 pm

        As opposed to doing nothing?

      • South

        July 12, 2023 at 3:57 am

        Not sure where you are located but I would say for most of the US it is not too late. I would do it here in north Arkansas. We have 3 months until frost.

      • South

        July 12, 2023 at 3:58 am

        I see you are in Arkansas also. Yeah, I say go for it 🙂

  • Herbs4u2

    July 11, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    Don’t give up. I have had some PATHETIC PLANTS. Sometimes they take off. If you find more plants for sale just make sure they are not root bound in the pot. You Don’t want stunted plants. Maybe trade a friend for a few plants with something you have an excess of?

  • Leon

    July 11, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Since the tomatoes weren’t even blooming at the time they received the overspray, I would think that the poison would not be in the tomatoes themselves. If they had been sprayed while blooming, I wouldn’t eat the tomatoes that were produced.

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