Hey guys, our office tomatoes have been growing like crazy and need a bigger better home.
The general rule is when your plant is 3xs the height of its pot it's ready for an upgrade. Plus, when growing tomatoes from a seed, it's a good idea to repot them 2-3 times as they grow to help them build stronger roots. Read on for step-by-step instructions in how to transplant.
Before you start you'll need a large clean container per plant, soil and water...
1. First, pinch off the lowest 2-3 branches of leaves, especially if they are wilting or yellowing.
2. Gently loosen the "root ball" with your hands, lift and transplant to larger pot with a little dirt already at the bottom. Keep in mind that although roots are fragile, it's most important not to damage the stem while transplanting so handle with care.
3. Fill the new container so that there are several inches of the stem below the surface of the dirt.
4. Watering newly transplanted tomato plants is very important! The key is to water less frequently, but more thoroughly. Water all the way down to the lowest roots and only water again when the top layer of soil feels dry. Don't be concerned if your newly transplanted tomatoes look a little sad at first, they recover quickly! :)
Now sit back, relax and sunbath with your tomato plant (they need about 8 hours of direct sunlight and warmth each day). In no time you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. What's better than sliced tomatoes...?!?