How Do You Plant Tomato Plants?


Quick Answer

Plant tomato plants by choosing a good site in which to grow them, preparing the soil, and planting the tomatoes in a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball. Pinch off the lower branches, water the plant well, and establish cages for supporting the plants.

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How Do You Plant Tomato Plants?
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  1. Choose a good site

    Choose a location for your tomato plants that receives at least 6 hours of full sun per day. The soil needs to be well drained and warm before planting the seedlings.

  2. Prepare the soil

    Mix the top 12 inches of soil with compost or fertilizer. Allow the soil to cure for up to two weeks before planting.

  3. Dig the hole

    Dig a hole for the tomato plant that is large enough to accommodate the root ball. Each hole needs to be 2 feet apart from the other holes. This space allows the plant room to grow.

  4. Plant the tomatoes

    Pinch or cut off the lower branches of the plant, and place the tomato plant carefully in the hole. Fill the hole with soil and, and press it gently around the plant's base.

  5. Water the plants

    Water the tomatoes well after transplanting them. This helps minimize the risk of shock to the roots and encourages growth.

  6. Establish cages

    Place cages or stakes around the plants immediately after planting to support the growing branches.

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