06:43PM | 07/27/07
Member Since: 07/26/07
2 lifetime posts
So, I know that many of you green thumbs will probably laugh at my first attempt at planting vegetables, but I'm willing to take constructive criticism and apply it to my practices. My husband and I planted several tomato plants in our garden, but we purchased too many starter plants. Being of the position that any waste is unnecessary, I planted the remaining 4 cherry tomato plants in a large pot (36" circumference). We didn't really expect them to take as well as our garden plants, but they've not only acclimated to the pot, they've grown twice as quick as the plants in our garden. The concern I have at this point is that there are 4 of them in a pot and they are now bearing fruit. I purchased another pot to transplant at least 2 of the plants, but am concerned as to whether fruiting plants can be transplanted. My Grandmother, a big green thumb, is not available to help me and my Mom isn't really sure as to what will happen. While we weren't really concerned with the end result of these plants because of the ones we planted in our garden, it just seems to be a waste if we let it go. But I figured that before I attempted to separate the 4 blooming tomato plants, I should at least get some feedback from some experts. Any advice? I promise that in the future I will provide the appropriate amount of space for each plant. But it's a little too late for me to backtrack, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


06:46AM | 07/28/07
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
and to disturb the root systems of those you wish to remain.

You have two choices now.

One- let the plants over compete and hopefully still get overall an equal harvest - fertilize and water religiously.

Two, cut down at least two of the plants, near the soil - about 3-4 inches from there at first, bend over the base of the plant and allow it to dry out first, then carefully cut it back.

You do risk damaging the other plants in doing so - and/or introducing disease or pests.

In the future you'll know.

Once you're first fertilized flowers are setting fruit it is too late to transplant. If they were still contained and root systems segrigated, and you removed ALL set fruit, perhaps as late as mid june MIGHT be able to - but now it is way too late.

There are long green rubber/plastic coated (look like bamboo) rebar type stakes you can use in the pot to support the plants - there are also large straight sided (hinged) type tomato cages (that can be used to support the outside for the tomato forest in the pot) that you might still be able to install now (unlike the round/cone type wire tomato cages).

If you use strips cut from old panty-hose (cut a continous coil or cross cut so you have like a rubber band then clip open) works really well to tie to supports (as these plants fruit they will get heavy, and bend on each other). Wrap the "string" around the plant 2 times, then wrap around the support twice, then tie the ends of your string/band leave some slack so as the plant moves and grows fatter you don't pinch it off. You also want to avoid branches rubbing against each other and promote air flow. You may have to do some pruning to thin out the spaces between the plants also.

Sounds like your thumb is already greener than you thought it was black - congrats. Enjoy your harvest.
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