Tomato seedlings too tall and skinny

kikivisionMarch 22, 2006

This is my first time growing tomatoes from seed and I'm afraid they're too tall and skinny. I planted them about 2.5 weeks ago.

I've had them on a window sill (it's been cloudy lately) and grew them in Burpee seed pods.

Any suggestions? I would like to attach a picture, but not sure if that's possible on this forum?



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Your tomatoes probably want more light. Try getting a fluorescent light to put over the tomatoes. Also you could try repotting them and bury some of the stem. It'll grow more roots which will make the plants stronger.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2006 at 12:38PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Well, if you have tall, skinny tomatoes, just bury them up to their leaves and they will be fine.

Wait until they have their second pair of true leaves, then either plant them in the garden, or bump them up to a bigger pot. Lay them in a shallow trench, and bury them up to their bottom leaves. Water well, and that is all there is to it.

The tomato will make roots down the length of the buried stem, and will have a much better root system. This is the way I plant all my tomatoes, even those I have purchased.

Best of luck.


    Bookmark   March 22, 2006 at 12:44PM
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janet_l(zone 7 OK)

Some of the best tomatoes that I ever raised were really tall and lanky. (They were about 2 ft. tall). I bought them that way. I buried them in a trench (all of the leaves were removed, except the very top 6 or 8 leaves). The plants REALLY produced that year.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 10:31PM
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mikeyjoe(Zone 6b, Southern Indiana)

Hello "kikivision",
I just wanted to let you know that there are a couple of posts about the same thing over on the Tomato Conversations forum.

I'm not saying that the advice given here is incorrect in any way, it is right on base. But I think a couple of additional options were discussed in greater detail.


    Bookmark   March 24, 2006 at 12:26PM
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hi everyone. my tomato plants have grown really tall 5'-9" to be exact with the help of a nylon line with a counter weight..but i've notice bottom branches wither and turn yellow or stay curled up and plant doesn't get thicker like i've seen in other tomato plants.. ill appreciate any help im a newbie growing tomatoes..thank you all for your time

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:37PM
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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

When old growth turns yellow it is because the plant needs nitrogen and the plant is cannibalising itself in order to support new growth. Fertilize your tomatoes.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 9:26PM
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