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[Tomato Dirt #141] Avoid These 10 Mistakes When Transplanting Tomato Seedlings
March 20, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 6

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FEATURE: Avoid These 10 Mistakes When Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

It's all well and good to grow healthy tomato seedlings. But deadly tomato transplanting mistakes can cost you the entire crop. Here's the dirt on the biggest tomato transplanting mistakes to avoid.

Mistake #1: Ignoring the forecast
Even if it's past your last frost date, check the 10-day weather projections. Cold evenings or a series of rainy days are not good for newly-planted tomatoes.

Mistake #2: Breaking the roots
Overwatered seedling root systems have a tendency to break. Moisten soil only lightly before planting tomatoes, but be sure not to overwater. Then carefully remove seedlings from cups or cells. Heavily-moistened soil will fall away from roots, damaging them. If a plant is root-bound, gently work to loosen the ball and spread roots out...

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