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Long Island, NY (Zone 7b)
Scott_R
Mar 19, 2018 4:55 PM CST
I have a mixed flat--mostly tomatoes, but also Brussels sprouts and ground cherries. They're in 2x2 soil-filled cells.

I'm thinking about transplanting them into larger individual pots, mainly so that the leaves don't crowd each other out, especially the shorter plants (esp. the ground cherries).

Good idea, or would disturbing them create more problems?


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Shadegardener
Mar 19, 2018 4:59 PM CST
Scott - I always "plant up" my tomatoes. That way I get a chance to bury them deep into bigger pots, increasing the root mass. Maybe more work for me but I end up with healthy plants ready to take on the garden. The others I don't have experience with.
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Long Island, NY (Zone 7b)
Scott_R
Mar 19, 2018 5:03 PM CST
Thanks for the reply. Do you generally plant up at a particular height? The tallest of mine are about 3", but were beginning to overspread neighboring cells.
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sallyg
Mar 19, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Brussels sprouts will be going outside sooner than tomatoes. i might move the tomatoes up and see how much room that gives the others.
it can be kind of a pain caring for different plants joined in a
cell pack' like that, as some get big and use water faster.
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2018 8:31 PM CST
Cut the cells apart so the the plants can spread out. Yes, up plant the tomatoes but the Brussel Sprouts should be out in the garden by now. They will bolt at the first hint of warm weather.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Mar 19, 2018 9:15 PM CST
Good plan- start to transition the brussels as soon as this weeks storm passes.
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I suppose ground cherries want warmer temps. The tomato babies, could gently move to bigger pots - though maybe if you can water and light enough they can get big in those cells. the nurseries do it... Shrug!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 19, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Ground Cherries (Tomatillos) are like tomatoes, weather wise. I don't think you should bury their stems but they like to sprawl so need some sideways space. Cut the cells apart and spread them out.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Mar 20, 2018 9:59 AM CST
You don't want to transplant the cole crops, but you will want to transplant the tomatoes at least once and maybe twice. I go from the 2" cel to a 4' one to a large 8" deep one . Tomatoes will grow more roots from any buried stem, and you don't want to put tomatoes out until the soil temp is about 50F anyway.

I transplant my tomato seedlings so that only the top 2 leaves are above soil each time. The roots will make up for that and tomatoes are actually vines, so the tops grow quickly.

I've learned that the biggest mistake with tomatoes is putting them outside too early. I tried separate planting some years ago, the the later-planted ones surpassed the earlier ones overall.

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