Transplanting Tomato Seedlings



Photos By Rebecca Anne Cole

Tomato plants are tender annuals that require full sun and warm temperatures to thrive. They are heavy feeders, needing plenty of moisture and well drained soil. Whether purchased from a grower or started indoors from seed, tomato plants need special care when being transplanting to the garden. 

When to Transplant Tomato Seedlings

Tomatoes are sensitive annuals that are susceptible to cold temperatures. Patience is imperative when it comes to transplanting tomato plants. One cold snap may wipe out an entire crop if set out too soon.

I wait until temperatures are consistently above 65 degrees F before I set out my tomato plants. I look for evening temperatures to be at least 45 degrees F, and all threat of frost has passed. If an unexpected frost threatens newly transplanted tomato plants, carefully cover them with an old sheet or blanket.

Harden Off Tomato Plants

Before setting tomato plants in the garden for good, gradually expose them to the outdoors. This is can be done in hour long increments, increasing the time over a few days until the plants have acclimated to the outdoors.

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