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#914672 - 05/24/17 05:28 PM Long tomato plants
Terpland Offline
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Registered: 06/30/04
Posts: 202
Loc: Maryland
Weather has been wet and cold so far this spring. Went to the nursery today to get tomato plants, they have had a time with plants growing in size.
I bought several tomato plants, it seems to me that sometime back I was told to lay the plant in the row longways and they would also grow roots on the buried stem.
Does any one have experience with this thought.

Also does anyone have what type of fertilizer or something elxe to put on cucumber Plants?
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#914673 - 05/24/17 05:37 PM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: Terpland]
FredDwyer Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 2686
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Sounds right. I was taught to plant the seedlings as deep as possible, leaving only the tips out of the ground. Same effect I would think.
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#914696 - 05/25/17 04:54 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: Terpland]
notnew2diy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 4308
Loc: harvard, il.
I use cages for my tom plants.
Wood stakes to hold the cages upright.
The lower vines do escape, but I do not recall ever seeing roots.
Never paid attention before.

Wife is a fan of miracle grow plant food.
My veggie plants get a drink once a month.
In my case, 2 gallons covers 5 rows ~ 30' long.
My pumpkins get a shovel of compost around each plant before they get to viney to work.

Aint started my garden yet this year.
Hope to this weekend, provide it don't rain.

Have fun....notnew....
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#914699 - 05/25/17 05:49 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: Terpland]
CabinConnection Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 50120
Loc: The Indianhead's Left Nostril....
Originally Posted By Terpland
...sometime back I was told to lay the plant in the row longways and they would also grow roots on the buried stem.

Learned something new here!

After reading your post, and a lifetime of planting seedlings just like I would any other seedling, I thought, "What the hay?"

A simple Google search of "How to plant tomato plants" revealed The Experts say to bury the plant all the way so the stem is covered to the leaves! shocked WHO KNEW??? cool

Reading on, many say it's OK to lay the plant on it's side - it'll quickly grow "up". Problem with this method is hitting the plant with stakes/cages.

Love this place... Like I said, I learn SO MUCH!

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#914706 - 05/25/17 06:52 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: Terpland]
Terpland Offline
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Registered: 06/30/04
Posts: 202
Loc: Maryland
Thanks to every one who replied
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#923762 - 09/29/17 05:36 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: DRuiz]
notnew2diy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 4308
Loc: harvard, il.
Originally Posted By DRuiz
Why am I unable to see the pics?


Because PhotoBucket wants $'s to link pics to their site.

FWIW...notnew...
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#924405 - 10/07/17 10:53 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: CabinConnection]
Able_Dog Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 51929
Loc: So. Florida
A stop at a watering hole on the way home from work in NJ, sitting at the bar I see a tomato on the shelf behind the bar.

WOW! I said to the guy next to me, look at the size of that tomato! He said "that's nothing, that was mine, it's only two pounds, I won the county fair last year with one that weighed FIVE pounds"

Asked him what his secret was and he said cow manure, LOTS of cow manure. Maybe he was just bullshitting me?

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#925006 - 10/14/17 05:48 AM Re: Long tomato plants [Re: notnew2diy]
notnew2diy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 4308
Loc: harvard, il.
Originally Posted By notnew2diy
I use cages for my tom plants.
Wood stakes to hold the cages upright.
The lower vines do escape, but I do not recall ever seeing roots.
Never paid attention before.


Closed up the veggie garden yesterday.
We had 3 tomato plants, 2 Roma(determinate) and 1 Beefsteak(heirloom). All 3 did real good this year, produced over 6 12-packs of homemade/canned products.
I saw no evidence where the vines that ran outside of the cages, that touched the earth/grass clippings, produced any type of root system.

FWIW...notnew...
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