Newbie questions about tomato seedlings

alina_1May 4, 2012

After a failure with tomatoes planted in the garden (they all were eaten by critters), I decide to make a second attempt. I ordered a couple of Earthboxes. Will try to plant tomatoes and keep them on the patio - squirrels and deer do not like to have their breakfast too close to the home.

I read lots of posts here and decided on these varieties for planting in Earthboxes: Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Early Girl.

Can plant a couple of dwarf varieties (Husky Cherry Red, Patio) in regular pots.

Yesterday, I checked the selection of tomato seedlings at the local Home Depot and Lowe's. Found Black Crim, Patio, Husky Cherry Red, and Early Girl.

Now my questions.

I noticed that some pots have 2 or 3 stems coming from the same spot. Does this mean that there are multiple plants in this pot or it is just branching from the same root?

Also, the seedlings look a bit leggy to me. Should I pinch them after transplanting?

Any other info/advise on buying and planting will be greatly appreciated too.

TIA!

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

First a couple of Earthboxes means 4 plants total and you are listing several indeterminate varieties rather than determinate varieties too so that will greatly affect which varieties you can plant if you plan to put 2 in each box. ie: Brandywine will take up 1 box all by itself and 2 Early Girls in one box is 'possible' but not ideal despite what the company claims. I have used several Earthboxes for years and quickly learned that some of the EB advertising is hype. They can work wonderfully well but less is more when it comes to type and number of plants in them.

Question 1: probably multiple plants that didn't get thinned out properly. I would pass on those.

Question 2: No pinching, Just plant them deeper. Strip off the lower leaves and bury as much of the stem as possible. Pass on the really leggy ones in favor of shorter, stockier plants.

Dave

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 11:47AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

alina_1, if the stems are pliable enough, you can plant the bottom of the plant horizontally in the hole, with the top of the plant sticking up vertically. BTDT.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 11:52AM
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lewski

I own several Earthboxes as well as several Garden Patch containers. While I think they are great, I quit trying to cram 2 indetermant varieties in them, although thats what both companies say to do. I now plant 1 per box, or grow something like Patio 2 per box.

I don't want to discourage you, but you might want to rethink the 2 per box idea.

Lew

    Bookmark   May 4, 2012 at 2:18PM
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