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Beginner Gardening: Tomato plants look good but worried

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Lansing, IL

April 30, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9104446

My tomatoes plants are 8weeks old about a foot tall with big leaves and thick stems. They are in solo cups and seemed healthy, I have a fan blowing on them a few hours a day to help sturdy the plants up. The leaves are touching other plants and recently when I started to move them the stems seemed to have shard time holding the plant up.The bottom inch of the stem is purplish and seems smaller in diameter Then the rest of the stem.what's wrong or what can I do to sturdy up the plant? Stake it? I am almost ready to transplant them outside after a week of hardening them up
Plantersville, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9104531

Plant them deep.
Lansing, IL

April 30, 2012
5:26 PM

Post #9104575

Did I not plant the seed deep enough?that's why it's happening.
Standish, MI

April 30, 2012
6:08 PM

Post #9104637

I agree with behillman if you are ready to plant outside then plant them deep enough to hold the plant upright. Tomatoes will root out along the stem if planted deep so you should have no problem.

But if you still feel that they need more support then put in a stake to also hold them upright.

The depth that you planted the seed does not have anything to do with the situation that you now find. Seed when planted should not be deeper than 1/2 the thickness of the seed for indoor planting. Some seed should not even be covered that much.

I would think the reason for the way the stem is growing is because of the small container that they seedlings are in. You probably have a root bound situation. But again if you are ready for transplanting to the outside you shouldn't have anything to worry about.


Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2012
6:11 PM

Post #9104642

That is not the issude

They are too tall to be in solo
cups amd are necominh top heavy

meant that when you plant them
out you need to plant in a deep
hole and fill in the hole to where you
can see only the very top leaves - this
woll strengthen the trunks

Tomato plants develop new roots
all along the stem when the
stem is covered with soil

This wo;; make your plants
sreonger, stimulate them to
grow taller they wont be top
heav and encourage them to
make maters for you.

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Standish, MI

April 30, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9104664

I agree and that is what I meant when I agreed with behillman. I'm not sure that I would plant them that deep but what ever works is great.

The rest of my post was in answer to phatpotatoe's original post.


Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 30, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9104702

I was not disputinng what
gardenworm2 said- we
just cross-posted, saying
about the same thing within
a few minutes.

I am a very slow typist

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