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Post  jimmy cee on 5/21/2014, 7:59 am

I seeded this to early, up planted and it grew very nicely.
Took it out and the MM was just a bit to cold to plant, then the cold snaps came and I did not bring it back in.
So what I had was bottom stem and leaves that were messed up so I removed them.
I am planning to plant this and a few others deep into the ground.
I do have an area that will accommodate the entire plant straight down.
Do you think it'll work ?
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/21/2014, 8:10 am

I don't see why it wouldn't...
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Post  camprn on 5/21/2014, 8:12 am

@jimmy cee wrote:
So what I had was bottom stem and leaves that were messed up so I removed them.
I am planning to plant this and a few others deep into the ground.
I do have an area that will accommodate the entire plant straight down.
Do you think it'll work ?
Yes, most assuredly; water it well if you plant it deep.


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Post  johnp on 5/21/2014, 8:57 am

Lay it down sideways to plant. It will grow straight up and you won't to water so deep. This is how I plant all my tomatoes.
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Post  Jmichelle on 5/21/2014, 11:27 am

The exact same thing happened with some of my tomato plants, and I had to trim it the same way you did. I planted them using the trench method, and they have bounced back and are growing strong. I would load a pic of their progress, but they are at home on my laptop.

Tomato plants are surprisingly strong.  I had a little mama paste tomato plant that I ordered online, placed it in an earthbox along with two others, it suffered and looked like it was going to die (planted three, and one was the limit  Embarassed ). Since it looked like it was going to die, I pretty much yanked it out (no, really) and figured that since it didn't look very well, I dug a hole in a little raised bed in the backyard that used to hold a birdbath and flowers, then some mustard greens that had been harvested, plopped it in and watered it. It started to grow, and grow, and grow, and gave me a alot of tomatoes! Talk about one tough tomato plant, and a bit of beginners luck.
*that vine was one tangeled hot mess*
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Post  camprn on 5/21/2014, 12:07 pm

Verticle or horizontal planting, get as much of the stem underground and it will make a crazy amount of root,

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/21/2014, 1:47 pm

@johnp wrote:Lay it down sideways to plant. It will grow straight up and you won't to water so deep. This is how I plant all my tomatoes.

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I plant my tomatoes using the lay me down method in Mel's book. I saw a video on youtube awhile back, if I find it I will post a link. But the guy was showing the difference between planting straight down and planting lay me down. He did side by side same plant demonstration. Upon pulling them up at the end of the season we saw that the roots at the bottom of the straight planted ones had not received the water they needed so we're shriveled and brown. But on the same plant the top roots were beautiful. The lay me down tomatoes showed all the roots received water. That convinced me!
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Post  walshevak on 5/21/2014, 2:42 pm

Lay it on its side for a few days before transplanting.  The top will automatically reach for the sky and give you a nice curve that is already growing up.  The buried stem will be easier to plant that way.

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Post  landarch on 5/21/2014, 3:21 pm

ditto on planting by laying down sideways in a trench...soil should be warmer than going deep and the roots will take off faster.
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/21/2014, 4:43 pm

I'm of the mind in M.M. it matters not how a tomato plant is planrted
I had one plant last year that when I pulled it up at the end of season a root as big as a cigar extended 3 squares over.
I do it both ways as I sure have enough plants to experiment with
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