Moving a Tomato Plant


I am moving and have had a tomato plant come up in my front yard for the past 3 years. My mother says it is called a "Tommy Tomato". Itty- Bitty tomatoes and takes a lot of my front flower garden space. A wonderful bird must have dropped over some left-over tomato seeds for my plant to grow.


Anyway, We are moving soon and I want to know how to take this plant with me? It just started growing for year. Can anyone tell me how to replant this plant in our new house?? FYI, I am almost gardening stonedumb.

Hardiness Zone: 8a
Thanks for your help!

Kellee from Texas



The main thing to keep in mind while moving your tomato plant is trying to reduce the amount of transplant stress you put it through as much as possible. One way to do this is to water the soil thoroughly in the afternoon, and then pot it up, transport and replant later that that same evening, preferably around dusk. That way it will have the entire night to settle in before enduring the heat of the sun the next day. If it's raining out when you transplant, so much the better. As gently as possible, dig around the plant at least as wide as the tips of the outer leaves and 6-8 inches down, keeping as much of root soil intact as possible. Use at least a 5-gallon pot and take along some extra soil to backfill the hole at your new location. During transport, put the plant in a cardboard box. If the plant will be in the car long, keep the windows rolled down to prevent it from overheating, and be sure to protect it from wind damage. Lay it on its side if necessary. Make sure to pre-dig the hole and have everything ready to go when you arrive.


Once you get the tomato plant to your new home, set it in the hole, fill it in with soil, and water it thoroughly with tepid water.


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July 29, 20060 found this helpful

You should be able to dig it up, pot it and transplant it at your new place. Tomatoes are pretty hardy. Just keep it watered and in light sunlight until you replant it in a sunny location.

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July 30, 20060 found this helpful

Usually tomato plants are very hardy. They transplant easily. When you plant it in it's new home bury the stem a few inches (if possible) deeper than it was previously. Keep it watered. I like to put some crushed dried egg shells in the hole that I place my tomato plants in for a sweeter flavor!

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August 1, 20060 found this helpful

I'd move it LATE in the evening, then keep a patio

umbrella over it and between it and the hot sun, until it has had a chance to recouperate from the transplant shock, perhaps even two weeks. Remember to companion-plant a Basil plant (or three) all around it to discourage the pests that attack it, AND remember to both plant a WHOLE egg in the hole prior to planting AND add crushed egg shells all around it as you fill in with compost and soil. Stake it to eliminate ALL stress, water deeply(about 15 min.) only around roots about two times/week, AND check DAILY for any yellowing leaves, caterpillars, spider mites, virus, etc. CUTTING, NOT PULLING and tossing them, washing hands prior to touching plant again. Wrapping the main stem in waxed paper folded double moderately tightly about three-four inches up burying one inch in soil will discourage creeping pests. Spraying blossoms with "tomato set" helps in production. Filling a one liter washed plastic jug(top cut off, four holes poked into bottom with ice pick and set beside each tomato plant) 1/2 full of organic compost and 1/2 with water promises good fertilizer substitute. Mark your calendar as to when you first transplanted it, then try gently removing

umbrella for short periods of time until plant does not droop with the first 10 min. of hot sun. Remember that Eastern morning sun is the most desirable for all plants, and Western is the hottest,

but that tomato plants must have about 7-9 hours

of overhead sun. Reflection of heat off near-by concrete will cook the leaves, watering at night or early pm is best, and not too often. Container grown

vegetables work well if the center of a deep container is filled with pea-gravel (through a large diameter PVC pipe scrap, then removed when filled with gravel) so that it can be watered, fertilized through the gravel. This is for LARGE containers and multiple plants (about three) only. Good luck and God bless.

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

It sure would help if we knew the date of these posts. Is it here and I am just not seeing it? If so please correct me and tell me where to look! When moving the plant I would just put a wet towel over it to keep it cool while in the car or truck.

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