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Question: I have read conflicting information on how deep to plant tomato transplants. One source said to plant as deep as the first set of leaves and another says to plant the same depth as the plants are in the container.
I will be planting at zip code 44820 about June 1st.
Thank you very much for your assistance!!!

Answer: Generally you would set transplants at the same soil depth as they were planted in the nursery container. Tomatoes are an exception because they will root along the stem if the stem is buried in the soil. The usual advice is to set tomatoes deep in the soil, up to the first leaf branches. You can experiment with yours to see if there really is a difference in growth and production. Either way, I hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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