Turning Your Tomato Plants
(Western North Carolina)
Ok, our pastor shared this with me last year and I tried it - and it was successful...
Just before you are ready to plant your tomato plants, turn them on their side and leave them that way. The next day you will see that the top of the plant has turned "upward." You now can plant the tomato plant on it side, and bury every bit of stem except for what has turned upward.
This method actually makes your plant stronger. One reason it helps tomato plants is that in letting the plant grow horizontally, eventually the side-to-side portion of the stem develops more roots. With more of the stem developing roots, the plant has a further reach into the ground, collecting more nutrients and water.
Happy tomato planting! :)