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[Tomato Dirt #172] How and When to Re-pot Tomato Seedlings So They’re Ready for the Garden
March 14, 2019

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 6

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FEATURE: How and When to Re-Pot Your Tomatoes for Stronger Plants

A strong tomato plant gets that way from a strong root system. Re-potting tomato plants gives roots room to grow and strengthens the system.

Your tomatoes will have the best chance possible to develop a healthy root system when you re-pot them at least once (sometimes two or three times) before setting them in the garden.

Use these frequently asked questions to know how to re-pot and strengthen tomato seedlings and prepare them for their new home: your garden!

Q. When should I re-pot tomato seedlings?
A. Your tomato seedlings will have the best chance possible to develop a healthy root system when you re-pot them at least once (sometimes two or three times) before setting them in the garden. Re-pot your seedlings in cell trays when they have 2 sets of leaves and the second set is at least ½” long. Move your seedling to a bigger container, preferably a 4-6 inch pot. Bury as much of the seedling stem as possible.

Q. What size container should I use for re-potting my tomato seedlings?
A. Get more info about choosing containers for tomato seedlings and choosing containers for tomatoes to set outside so you ... (keep reading) ...

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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