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Can I move tomatos that are actively fruiting?

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Can I move tomatos that are actively fruiting?

Post  jymarino on 7/7/2011, 11:30 am

I have two toms right next to my zucchini plant. All are producing fruit, but the zuc keeps shading the toms. Additionally, all of them are planted in the more shady box. Naturally I will do better planning in the future, but I was wondering if I move the toms to a new box if they will do o.k. Last year I moved a volunteer tom in the garden and it was not happy, so I am kind of leary of doing it with these.

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Post  Denese on 7/7/2011, 11:53 am

IMO this would not be wise. I'm sure the root system at this point is very well developed, and would not appreciate the upheaval. Could you trim the leaves of the zuchini a little on that side?
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Post  westie42 on 7/7/2011, 11:59 am

Moving them would risk death or stopping production at this stage in hot July. Have you looked over the threads on vertical growing both toms and z’s. Perhaps you could get some ideas for then pruning either or both to promote better harmony. To successfully transplant now would almost require the tree folks bringing out their big tree spade to not disrupt the root systems.

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Post  jymarino on 7/7/2011, 4:56 pm

Thanks guys for the input. I was thinking it would be a bad idea, but sometimes what I think is a bad idea really isn't. I will have a talk with the zuc and tell it that it will need to stretch out over a different plant.

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