For years, I have planted my tomatoes the old conventional way–buried deep in the ground with only a few leaves showing barely above the dirt. Sometimes, I have to dig to China since my tomatoes overgrew in their seedling pots. Planting an 18 inch tomato plant is really, really hard. But not anymore, thanks to Green Talk reader, Neil. He suggested planting tomato plants on their sides!
Sideways? How on earth would the tomatoes get strong stems to carry all of those tomatoes?
Just to let you in a secret, Neil grows the most amazing tomatoes and peppers. Like E.F. Hutton, when he speaks, I listen. (Oh, come on. You remember that famous commercial.)
When I asked him why would I plant the tomato seedling sideways, he explained that the plant would be able to absorb more nutrients quicker. When it is buried in the Earth, it takes a longer time for the fertilizer to get to the root.
So, I decide to give it a whirl.
Instructions on Planting Tomato Plants On Their Sides.
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1. Depending on the length of your tomato, dig a trench about the 2 inches shorter than the length of the plant.
2. Make sure you dig it about 2 inches deeper than the size of the root ball of the plant.
3. Lay the tomato plant on its side in the trench.
5. Bury the plant up to where its last leaves are. Turn the neck of the tomato upwards.
I was a little worried that I would break my plant when I turned its leaves towards the sky. Watch the video below for a really neat trick on how to get your plants to bend naturally to the sky.
That’s all you have to do!
How are my plants? They are thriving and I am looking for a bumper crop this year. I will keep you apprised on how they plants to compared to when I planted them deep into the earth.
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