Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up


Posted by bigpinks 6SCOhio (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 2, 12 at 18:52

Planted out three tomatoes yesterday. They are about 8 inches above the surface of the 5-1-1 and maybe 6 weeks old. I have hardened them off and watered them in with half strength MG. Two Better Boys and one Orange Slice right in front of the garage where I can slide the 8 gal containers in and out of the garage. They got about ten hours of sun today and look healthy. Hoping for fresh tomatoes by mid June. This is about 6 weeks prior to avg last frost where I live but I couldnt wait any longer. Weather is wonderful but scary at the same time.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Tomatoes

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 2, 12 at 22:24

You're braver than I. I wouldn't have planted out until I knew soil temps were going to be reliably above 55-60* Please don't fertilize until temps are in that range - especially with anything using organic sources of N or using urea as a N source; this, to avoid complications from ammonium toxicity due to low soil temps.

Did you strip off all the bottom leaves & plant them REALLY deep?

After stripping bottom leaves:

Planted this deep:


RE: Tomatoes

Thanks for the reply as I would prob got in a hurry with the fertilizer. Great pics also. I didnt get as deep as yours because mine were only half that tall. I just got them out of the garage and they still look great and its forcasted 80 today. I used the 8 gal containers rather than the big totes so I can put them in the house if really frigid nights occur. Thanks again.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here