- Blog Post by: Helen Yarmoska
- May 13, 2010 - 8:11 AM
It’s now past the average frost date in the Twin Cities and safe to plant your tomatoes. (SOME of us planted too early and now need to RE-plant tomatoes,) Non-the-less I wanted to share with you a great tip my sister gave me. Plant your tomatoes on their side.
There are several reasons why you want to do this.
1. Tomatoes like warm roots. They grow bigger and better if their roots are not plunged in cold soil. By tipping, you bring a main root structure close to the top surface therefore making that area warmer than planting straight down.
3.A shorter tomato will start our stronger than a gangly or leggy tomato and thereby will be able to hold future leaves and fruit better.
- Trim all excess leaves off the tomato leaving about 5-6 (this really depends upon what you’re starting with, so work with me on this, pretend you got to the plant sale on the last day and all that was left were 10” plants with a sprout on the top.)
- Now dig a trench about 2” deep and the length of your plant from bottom of the leaves to a little past your root ball.
- Gently break apart your root ball and make a little “pillow” of soil for you plant head.
- Place the tomato in the trench and fill with soil. If you are using stakes and not cages, you should place the stake now – opposite side of your roots.
- Water and watch grow. BTW, if you couldn't tell, I drew that image above -- hey, I only MINORED in art in college! :-)
What have you done to increase your tomato production? Any tomato tips out there to share?
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