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Prepping Your Soil to Transplant Tomatoes

Buying Transplants

When buying transplants, avoid large, spindly plants already bearing flowers or fruits. Rather, choose healthy young plants with an even height-to-width ratio and of deep green color. Check plants for pests before purchase.

When Planting

Add a generous portion of compost and some crushed eggshells into the hole dug for each plant. If cutworms are a concern, make a circular barrier around the base of your transplants, about an inch into the soil and at least two inches above it. This can be made of a toilet paper tube, paper, or plastic and will prevent cutworms from eating through the stem of your transplants.

Soil Nutrient Problems

If your tomato plants are large and leafy but not producing many fruits, this may be a sign of too much nitrogen in relation to phosphorus and potassium.

Signs of insufficient nitrogen are stunted growth and yellow leaves lower on the plant. Good organic amendments for nitrogen are aged manure, blood-meal, compost, and fish emulsion.

If your plants are stunted and thin with purple undersides on the leaves, this may be a sign of insufficient phosphorus. Good organic sources are phosphate rock, bonemeal, and poultry manure.

If your tomato plants are stunted with yellow-splotched leaves, this may be a sign of insufficient potassium. Good organic sources are granite meal and wood ashes.

Calcium is also important for tomato plant development and disease resistance. Good organic sources are bonemeal, eggshells, ground limestone, and wood ashes.

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6:17AM PDT on May 14, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:55AM PDT on May 3, 2012


4:51AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thanks for the useful tips.

12:33AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011


12:28AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011


5:55PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Watch out for the tomato worms... they are hideous and the only way to really get rid of them without sprays is to hand pick them off.

9:06AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011


3:40AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

This will be helpful

4:36PM PDT on May 25, 2011

thank you

9:29PM PDT on May 14, 2011

Home grown tomatoes are the best.

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