Tomato spacing

katiegrows422February 16, 2013

I put soil in a 5 gallon pot and planted some Roma tomato seeds. I didn't realize they would all sprout . Now I have 4 baby sports growing in 1 square inch. Should I pluck the others and only leave one stem? Should I wait to see which is the strongest stem first or should I leave All 4 sprouts?

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BioTomato

You can lift them out to different containers carefully with a fork, or you can wait to see which is the strongest and clip the other ones.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:12PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

What is optimal garden spacing for tomato plants? I will transplant seedlings this weekend and next and usually allow at least 1'. What does the group say? Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 8:45AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

What is optimal garden spacing for tomato plants?

In containers? Normally 1 plant.

In ground? It all depends on what type, if you are going to prune them to a single stem or not, and what type of support you are using - cages or stakes or Florida weave. 1' is way too close regardless.

For un-puned plants, 2' is the minimum, 3' spacing is the standard, 4' if using cages.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:13AM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Thanks Dave. I'm planning on using a Florida Weave for trellising, my plants are in-ground, 4'x6' beds. I'm thinking I could get two plants per bed (I have 3 beds). And I'll snip out the suckers. What do you think?

Some of the plants will be large (Marianna's Peace for example). Others will be smaller (Silvery Fir Tree). Maybe one of the large and one of the small in the same bed? Two MP in one bed at opposite ends?

KatieGrows, sorry if this is a hi-jack but the subject line exactly suits and I was planning to post the question this morning. Thanks for pre-empting me. :-) Hopefully it is helpful for you as well so you can plants those excess germinated sprouts in the ground.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:30AM
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mule

with the weave system:

  • 18-24" for determinates

  • 24" for indeterminates

  • 24-36" for strong indeterminates

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 12:46PM
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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

Yikes! I need acreage! Thanks for the detailed info mule.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 5:03PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I plant mine 15 to 18 inches apart with the Florida Weave. These are inside a high tunnel. I also prune all leaves up to the first flower cluster and I also sucker them until I don't have time for it.

Jay

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 11:52PM
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