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LilyA
May 7, 2020 7:22 AM CST
This is a complete novice question. A neighbor was giving away baby tomato plants she has grown. I received the ones in the picture. Does each of those containers contain 1 plant or multiple plants? I bought some grow boxes to try to grow these on my deck. You are supposed to plant two plants per box. Can I separate these at this point or do I treat each group as 1 plant? Thanks so much!
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DaisyI
May 7, 2020 10:45 AM CST
Welcome!

It will be hard to separate them without causing harm to the roots. Plant one set per pot or, choose two and cut the third off at the rootline. When you plant, read the label on the potting soil package. If it contains nutrients, don't add more.

Bury the tomato plants so just the top couple leaf sets stick out of the soil (yes, you will be burying some leaves but that's ok). Tomatoes root on their stems so burying the stems will make healthy, better rooted plants. You can bury them straight down into the pot or slightly on their sides (planting on their sides helps when pot mates are different heights).

Keep the soil evenly damp. The biggest problem with container grown tomatoes is Blossom End Rot. It is caused by a lack of calcium in the root zone when a tomato first forms. Its not caused by a lack of calcium in the soil but rather, the tomato plants can't utilize the calcium when the soil is too dry.

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sallyg
May 7, 2020 4:33 PM CST
I would separate them. Tomatoes are little monsters and grow roots like crazy. Just dont squeeze the stems.
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