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Bradford,Massachusetts
markcal02
Jul 2, 2017 3:10 PM CST
I transplanted this Tomato plant about a month ago in my garden and it hasn't gotten any bigger and there are no flowering buds too. Will this Tomato plant ever get any bigger and is it worth keeping it in my garden, I have taken it out of the garden for now?

Thanks,
Mark
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Name: greene
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greene
Jul 2, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Why not plant it in the ground out in the sunshine, water it and see what happens. Not too likely to do much in a small pot in a shady spot on the porch. Good luck and happy growing. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jul 2, 2017 3:21 PM CST
It's probably rootbound. Take out of pot, and soak in water. Ruff up root ball some. Plant in garden. Be sure water gets to roots.
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Bradford,Massachusetts
markcal02
Jul 2, 2017 3:24 PM CST
greene said:Why not plant it in the ground out in the sunshine, water it and see what happens. Not too likely to do much in a small pot in a shady spot on the porch. Good luck and happy growing. Crossing Fingers!


I had it in my garden in full sun for 1 month and it didn't grow at all. The other Tomato plants I transplanted with it are all growing, with new growth, but this Tomato plant is the same as 1 month ago.

It seems to not have any central stem from which new grow sprouts. Will this plant ever grow and I only took it out of the garden a few days ago?

Thanks,
Mark

Bradford,Massachusetts
markcal02
Jul 2, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Philipwonel said:It's probably rootbound. Take out of pot, and soak in water. Ruff up root ball some. Plant in garden. Be sure water gets to roots.
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I did what you both are asking and a few days ago I removed it from a sunny location in my garden. It was give plenty of room and fertilizer, but has no central stem from which new growth comes from. The other Tomatoes I planted next to it 1 month ago are taking off, while this Tomato plant hasn't changed at all.

I should've taken the photo in the garden a few days ago, so people don't think this Tomato plant hasn't been out of this small pot/ transplanted in full sun and plenty of room.

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porkpal
Jul 2, 2017 7:01 PM CST
It sounds as if you just have a weak, defective plant. Don't get high hopes for it, but watch it and post more pictures if it changes.
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Bradford,Massachusetts
markcal02
Jul 2, 2017 7:16 PM CST
porkpal said:It sounds as if you just have a weak, defective plant. Don't get high hopes for it, but watch it and post more pictures if it changes.


OK, Thanks
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Jul 3, 2017 1:08 AM CST
It will never develop in a small pot. A 5 gallon container of good soil is about the minimum for most tomatoes (some dwarf varieties can do with less) and any tomato will do better planted deep in the soil because it will grow roots from the buried stem.
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robynanne
Jul 5, 2017 12:50 PM CST
The plant sounds like it just isn't going to be happy. It doesn't need a 'central' branch to grow from, if it gets happy it will grow from all over and get big fast.

Best case for it, get it into some nice, highly fertile compost filled loose soil with plenty of sun and see what happens. They can go into 'shock' if the amount of light they get changes drastically so it may just have to recover from that if it went from that shade to full sun. If you move it again, put it in rich dirt, but don't put any actual fertilizer out for a few days to maybe a week. Let it get used to the new location, then add food.

I would also talk to it a lot, but I'm crazy so....
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2017 5:14 PM CST
And bury the stem all the way up to the bottom leaves as tomatoes will root along their stems. The plants will be smaller at first but grow bigger later.

Your tomatoe doesn't need a central stem, it has plenty of growth points (all the leaf nodes).
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robynanne
Jul 6, 2017 12:47 PM CST
DaisyI said:And bury the stem all the way up to the bottom leaves as tomatoes will root along their stems. The plants will be smaller at first but grow bigger later.

Your tomatoe doesn't need a central stem, it has plenty of growth points (all the leaf nodes).


Oh yes! I even cut off a few leaves and bury it beyond that!

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