The Q&A Archives: Transplated Tomatoe Plants

Question: When I transplanted 4 plants that were bushy and healthy they have fallen over and are not standing up. Is this a shock response? What can I do not to lose them?

Answer: It sounds like they are suffering transplant shock. The plants need to be properly conditioned or acclimated to the outdoors prior to planting. They should be well watered prior to planting and the planting should be done on a cloudy day to minimize moisture stress. They should be planted somewhat deeper than they grew in their pots and well watered at planting time. Shade for a few days is a good idea if the weather is hot at transplant time. Once planted, make sure they are well watered until their roots have grown out beyond the original potting soil because that special soil dried out much faster than garden soil. When watering, the goal is to keep the soil moist but not sopping wet. A layer of several inches of organic mulch can help to keept the soil evenly moist.

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