Planting Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Payson, AZ
Question by mela0
April 23, 1998
How deep should I bury my tomato plants in the ground when planting?


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Answer from NGA
April 23, 1998

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Tomatoes, unlike many other types of plants, can grow roots from the stem. To take advantage of this amazing trait you can place most of the plant under ground when you transplant seedlings into your garden, thus increasing the rooting surface. Rather than digging a deep hole and placing the tomato vertically in the hole, dig a long shallow trench about 4 to 6 inches deep. Remove all but the top two sets of leaves from the tomato, lay it on its side in the trench and bury up to the top two sets of leaves. This will encourage much stronger rooting.

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