Plant Tomatoes Deep, Deep, Deep

The stem of the tomato transplant will sprout roots that give the plant a better start.

Cover the stem up to the plant’s leaves. You can even cover the first few leaves with soil. Roots will grow along the buried stem to make the plant stronger.

Each Bonnie tomato label urges you to plant tomatoes deep, so that a full 2/3 of the plant is underground. That means that if you buy a 10-inch tall plant, all but the top three inches is buried. Why? Because the plant will have a better, stronger root system. Better roots mean better tomatoes.

This tomato transplant is planted deeply in the container.

Whether in a pot or in the ground, set each tomato plant so that 2/3 of the plant is buried.

We know, we know. This goes against everything you’ve ever heard about “don’t plant too deeply or you’ll kill the plant.” Tomatoes break that rule. They sprout roots along the buried stem. The extra roots strengthen a plant so that it can support more fruit and is better able to survive hot weather. (This applies whether you’re growing in the ground, in a raised bed, or in a container.)

In really heavy soil, or if you just don’t want to dig deeply, you can lay the plant on its side, provided that it is at least 5 or 6 inches deep when buried, and that the ground beneath it isn’t hard as a brick. To do this, angle the plant so that the growing tip is above ground. If your soil drains poorly, create a raised bed with potting soil that is piled at least 8 inches above ground level.

Once you’ve nearly buried it in soil, only the top few inches of the plant will be exposed. Water well, label the plant (to help you remember which variety you’re growing), and watch your tomato plant grow big and strong. Within a few weeks, your plants with super roots will delight you with a bountiful harvest of lovely fruit.

99 Comments

CL Atkins

I planted my tomato plants about a week ago. I dug the hole pretty deep but the ground was pretty hard, can I build up topsoil around the plants now or just leave them alone since they have been planted that long?

Danielle Carroll

Hello,
If your plants are growing well and are thriving, you may want to leave them planted as they are. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

sharon whipple

I planted my tomato plants in a raised bed this year. Will the roots be strong enough?

Also There was a lite frost and I covered them with grocery bags but some leaves turned brown. Can I trim them to continue growth or are they gone.

Danielle Carroll

Hi Sharon,
Raised bed gardens are great for growing most all veggies. Make sure it is at least 8 inches deep – a foot is better! If a frost damaged some of the leaves, go ahead and remove the brown leaves – you will have new green ones soon. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Sally

I planted my tomato plants on their sides. They are huge and healthy but stems are sprouting in several places along the ground in addition to the main stem. Should I prune them?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Sally,
I would prune the suckers that are coming up along the ground. It is good to keep plants spaced out to allow air to flow between the plants. I wouldn’t want them to get to crowded around the base of the plant. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Sarah

I just planted a Celebrity tomato plant (2.5qt size) in a clay pot that is 18″ in diameter but only 12″ deep. Because of the pot’s low depth, I was only able to bury the plant half way. Is this okay or should I get a new pot and replant? (It’s my first time trying to grow a vegetable ever!) Thank you.

Danielle Carroll

Hi Sarah,
Way to get into gardening! Take a look at this What Size Pot? article in the Bonnie Plants library. Celebrity is a determinate tomato so 18 inches is as small as you will want to go. One foot is the minimum depth you will want to use as well. Your tomato plant will become large, to give the roots the best environment, you may want to go a little bigger. Once the roots fill out the potting mix in the pot, keeping the plant watered well will be easier in a larger container. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

barbra Kilgore

I bought heinz tomatoe and put in 18 inch pot the root are half the pot half high since i am pot growing what size pot should i plant the tomatoes in or can i use i 10 gallon storage container with lots of holes in it

Danielle Carroll

Hello Barbra,
Use a container that is 24 inches in diameter or go with the storage container. That is plenty of room if it is at least 12 inches deep. Lots of drainage is a must as is a well draining potting mix. Good luck. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

James Beard

One question that I have not noted regarding tomatoes and that is: do rabbits or groundhogs eat or gnaw on tomato plants?

Danielle Carroll

Hi James,
Unfortunately, rabbits and groundhops will dine on your prized tomato plants. There are repellents available – but exclusion (a fence) is the best way to keep them out. – danielle, Bonnie Plants

robert

Getting ready to plant a husky cherry red and a patio tomato plant. Should I snip the bottom branches off and bury 2/3 of the plant, like when planting indeterminates such as better boy, or should I just bury the root ball? I will be planting them in the ground instead of in pots. Thanks!

Danielle Carroll

Hi Robert,
You sure can! – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Leslie

I planted my tomatoes mid-April however our warm weather doesn’t seem to want to arrive. Some of the leaves on the lower part of the plants are turning yellow. Not all of them just some. I am pruning these off. The tips look very healthy however they are much smaller than I remember my plants being last year with fewer leaves. Of course I did plant a different variety this year. Should I just pull them up and start over or stick it out and see what happens? Suggestions?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Leslie,
I know what you mean! Spring has finally sprung here, but I am a month behind in the garden. Removing damaged leaves is the right thing to do. A yellow cast on lower leaves can indicate Nitrogen deficiencies. Tomatoes are also know for their annual fungal diseases. Fungal diseases are early in my neighborhead because of all the rain we have had. You may want to upload a picture to the Bonnie Plants Ask an Expert system for a better diagnosis. I would leave the plants, fertilize regularly, and scout for pests! – danielle, Bonnie Plants

Terri Worley

We just purchased 3 different type Bonnie tomatoes from Home Depot. They were in 2 gallon pots that included a trellis, so we assumed that we could grow them in there. This is our first attempt at growing tomatoes and we don’t want to mess it up (we LOVE tomatoes). Do we need to transplant them to the ground? We have very rocky soil, so we thought containers might be best.

Danielle Carroll

Hi Terri,
What size pot were the tomatoes growing in? Tomatoes will grow best in a container about 24 inches in diameter or one 5 gallons in size. If this is a smaller container, you can replant it into a larger one. Some tomato varieties are really small and will grow well in a container a little smaller. Look up your tomato variety you are growing to see if it is a larger growing vine or a small, patio tomato. Good idea with the container! -danielle, Bonnie Plants

cumbersome1

I purchased some tomato plants when they were quite small, and our summer refuses to come so have not been able to transplant them yet. They are now very leggy, almost 3 feet tall with very few leaves. Should I throw them out and get new ones, or can I just plant them deep or on their sides like some sites recommed, just leaving the top above the soil? If I plant them like that, should I pinch off the leaves or just bury them? Will the plants recover and be healthy> Thanks!

Danielle Carroll

Hi there –
My Spring refused to come too! Yes, you can plant the tomatoes in their sides and just leave the top above ground. I usually remove the leaves on the part of the stem I am burying, but it is not necessary. The plants should recover. If they have been inside all this time, just remember not to throw them out to the wolves. Let the plants get acclimated to the outdoors and the natural sunlight by putting them in part shade for a few days before planting them in direct sun. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Lorenzo

Is it okay to plant patio and husky red cherry tomatoes together in the same pot? The pot is 2ft in diameter and 3ft tall.

Danielle Carroll

Hello Lorenzo,
Normally, I would say no, but these two tomato varieties are very compact, determinate plants – only getting 2 – 3 feet tall – plant away! – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Brenda

Do you plant Hybrids deep as well? I thought I heard that it wasn’t good for them.

Danielle Carroll

Hi Brenda,
Yes you can, tomatoes are all planted the same way. You can’t get away with planting other veggies that deep, though! – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

mike

i was told that using cotton seed mill helps put an acid taste in tomatoes and it works for me. ever hear about this

Danielle Carroll

Hi Mike,
I have not heard that. I do know that the taste depends on the acid to sugar ratio along with a lot of other compounds in the fruit. The Basics of Tomato Flavor is a great Bonnie Plants article that explains it well. Thanks for the tip! – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

gary callahan (bear )

bought some beef stake type very pleased it got down to 30 here in blairsville GA they all made it because they were planted deep thank you

Joy mills

I just planted tomatoes in ground yesterday, but I don’t think I buried them deep enough. Should I leave tem or dig them up and plant deeper?? This is my first garden, and don’t want to completely ruin the tomatoes by digging them back up! Thanks!

Danielle Carroll

Hello Joy,
How deep did you bury them? If you planted them up to the leaves, you should be fine. In the future, think about burying them a little deeper since roots will grow out of the buried stem. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Greg

You can simply add enough soil to bring the soil level up to the first or second set of existing leaves. Good Luck !

phil

no, dig your holes deep plant them just like any other veg. or flower .

Cheryll

This is my first time plansting tomatoes in a pot. I just now read this information on planting, dah! Roma and Early Girl (both in one 24″, 18″ deep pot). I now realize I did not plant deep enough an two in one pot. It has been one week and we already have a little tomato growing on the Early Girl. Should I take out the Roma and put in another pot, cut some of the leaves at the bottom and just add more dirt or leave them alone?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Cheryll,
No worries – tomatoes are planted deep because they will root along the stem. The Early Girl tomato can get quite large . It may be best to take out one and carefully transplant it into its own pot. – Danielle, Bonnie plants

Arnold

I bought the red beefsteak heirloom with the funnel support from the Depot. I live in an apt and do not have the space to plant in the ground. I live in El Cajon, CA. What should I do and how often should I water?

Danielle Carroll

Hello Arnold,
If you have a balcony or porch that gets at least 6 hours of sun, I would move it there. The plant will need the sunlight to stay healthy and produce. Water your containers when the top inch or so of soil has started to dry. – Danielle, Bonnie Plants

MB

I don’t have a way to pickup a rotatiller to till up the ground for my garden. I want to play tomatoes, green beans and green peppers. If I dig up the ground a bunch and fill with good soil, would the plants grow?

Danielle Carroll

If you do not have a way to prepare your garden soil, I would suggest growing in containers or raised beds. Check out these video on preparing a raised bed. This is a great way to grow veggies when you are not able to work the native soil.
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Lance

Yesterday I purchased a smallfour pack of heirloom tomatoes from the Depot. Because of weather I would like to hold off for a week or so on planting in the yard. Can I I transplant them in the degradable pots as deep as possible and then apply the 2/3 rule when I put them in garden? Or what do you recommend?
Thanks Lance

Danielle Carroll

Hi Lance,
I think you would like to transplant the tomatoes in a biodegradable pot then transplant again outside? You can transplant the plants into a larger container, planting them 2/3 deep. If the tomato plants will only be there around a week, odds are there roots will not fill out the soil in their new space. When you transplant into the ground, you can transplant at the same depth if they have not grown. Check out this video on planting tomato plants from the Bonnie Plants library. Remember to tear away biodegradable containers (at least the bottoms) before planting. Don’t worry about throwing them away, throw into the garden soil or your compost pile!
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Denise

What’s the best time to plant Red Beefstake heirloom tomatoes in the Triad area of North Carolina?

Danielle Carroll

Hi Denise,
Great – getting a jump on the season. Red Beefsteak is a great heirloom tomato. This publication lists the North Carolina planting dates from North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension. Tomatoes are warm season vegetables. Be sure and wait until the threat of cold weather has gone.
-Danielle, Bonnie Plants

Terry Murray

I’m considering building a garden box to plant tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers. My question is, how deep should the box be?

Mary Beth

Hi Terry,
Your box can be as short as one board width, or you can go deeper for 2-3 boards’ width. If you think you’ll want to plant carrots or parsnips, make sure you have soft, loam soil that they can stretch down into. Tomatoes and your other crops will be fine in a standard raised bed. Check our library of plans for step-by-step of building a bed. You’ll want to remove any lawn or grass before installing, and till or break up the bottom soil. Beneficial earthworms can come up into your bed, and roots can grow down deeper. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Tomato Cage

This is one of the best tomato planting techniques out there, I am continually amazed at how well the fruits flourish when they are placed nice and deep.

Brantley

hi. i planted a tomato plant inside a pot. the bugs kept eating all of the tomatoes. i searched on the internet how to kill the bugs, and it said mix soap and oil with some water in a spray bottle and spray the plants. i went out the next day and the plant was black. it has finally recovered and the bugs are eating the tomatoes again. how can i keep them away with using stuff around the house?

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Brantley, Thanks for your question. It’s hard to give a good answer without knowing more about the bugs. If you can, please send your question along with a photo of the plant and the insect in question to our Ask an Expert service for a better diagnosis. I hope this will get you the help you need!

Don

I have planted Bonnie tomatoes for a couple of years they have growen well. But I have had a problem with cats using the area as a bathroom how do I get rid of the problem ?, they are not our cats. thank you for a soulution.

Kelly Smith Trimble

Hi Don,

Sorry the neighbor’s cats are getting into your garden! Cats are sensitive to smells and reportedly don’t like the scent of either lavender or lemon balm, so you could try planting these herbs around your tomato garden. If it works, you’ll get the benefits of two amazing perennial herbs plus a good cat deterrent! You could also plant a catnip plant in a container away from your tomato plants and maybe the cats will be so interested in the catnip that they’ll forget about tomatoes. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Kelly Smith

Hi Tim,

Are you wondering if Bonnie Plants sells seeds? We don’t. We sell starter plants in biodegradable pots. Let me know if that’s not your questions. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Laura

If I save some seeds from the tomatoes I grow this year, can I plant them next year & get more heirloom tomatoes?

Diane Mallory

1 1/2 weeks ago I planted a roma grape Juliet tomato in an 18″ high pot….It has already doubled in sized…however, after reading all the comments, I’m afraid the pot is too small and also doesn’t have drain holes…but I did put a layer of gravel in the bottom (don’t know if this will help)….should I try to replant?

Kelly Smith

Hi Diane,

The pot size is less of a concern than the lack of drainage holes. (18 inches is a little small but not too bad.) You’re right that gravel will improve drainage, but you still need drainage holes. Could you carefully drill some holes in the bottom of your container? If not, then yes, you should replant. Read the articles in our Container Gardening section for more information on growing in containers.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

darren

my tomato plants are about 1 and half feet all already, i think i have them in too small of a pot, can i transplant them now? leaves and flower buds dying

Kelly Smith

Hi Darren,

Yes, it would be better to move them to a new pot than to leave them in one that’s too small. Consult our article “What Size Pot?” to decide how large your new container should be.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Mia

This is my first time growing tomatos and I am growing them in pots. I am growing the Tammi G hybrid and the Better Boy hybrid. The Better Boy is in a 18″ clay pot. I have a question about watering. The weather has already been in the upper 80’s during day, an 50’s-60’s at night. How frequently should I be watering? I did plant them 2/3 deep as instructed and used organic potting soil. The Tammi G is growing like a weed and the Better Boy has just started to grow (it was a small one when I planted it 3 wks ago and just had a few leaves on top of the soil). Should I be watering daily if I see that the top of the soil is dry? Or just once a week? Do I want to water more frequently when they are in their growth stage? I used your vegetable food last week and am not completely clear on how frequently I should be using that as well. Thanks!

Kelly Smith

Hi Mia,

Congrats on growing tomatoes for the first and on planting your tomatoes in pots! Vegetables planted in containers typically need to be watered more often than those planted in the ground because pots can dry out quickly. Clay pots dry out especially fast, so watering daily might be necessary for you in hot weather. Read more about watering containers in our article “For a Plentiful Harvest, Keep Pots Watered.” Also be sure to read about how to grow tomatoes on our Growing Tomatoes page. I think you’ll find this info very helpful!

You also can read more about watering and watering techniques on our Watering section of the website (including “How Much Water Do Vegetables Need?” and “Crucial Growth Stages When Vegetables Need Water“. You can also learn more about gardening in pots in our Container Gardening section.

On using our Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, you can feed plants twice a week, referring to instructions on the Little Green Jug. Mix a capful of plant food into a gallon of water, which should cover 30 to 40 sq. ft. For reference, a 4 x 8 foot garden is 32 sq. ft. I hope this helps!

Happy gardening!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Naveen Rojanala

Hi, I planted 4 different varieties of Tomatoes from Bonnie plants.
a. Roma – even after 60 days of planting , the plant is very small ( about 12-16″ in height) and there is one tomatoe on the plant for about 3 weeks now
b. Marion Heirloom – this has grown to almost like a tree with 4ft tall and 2-3 ft wide. I only have so far 3 tomatoes on the plant as of today. I planted this about 50 days ago
c. Arkansas Traveller – planted about 45 days ago..so far there is only one small tomatoe on the plant
d. Celebrity – planted about 60 days ago..so far there is only one big tomatoe on the plant ( growing for more than 3 weeks)

I grow my vegetables organic and was wondering if the slow growth is normal ? If not, do I need to do anything to fasten the process.

Naveen Rojanala

Kelly Smith

Hi Naveen,

The growth rates you describe sound pretty normal. It sounds like you’re facing a problem we gardeners often face…finding the patience to wait for those tasty tomatoes! If you look at the variety description for each of these tomatoes, you’ll see the days to maturity (which equates to days until you’ll harvest ripe tomatoes). Here are the days to maturity and links to variety pages below.

Roma: 73-80 days
Marion: 70-75 days
Arkansas Traveler: 75 days
Celebrity: 65-70 days

I’m not sure of your climate, but if you’ve had cool weather, this could slow the growth a bit, too. You could apply an organic vegetable fertilizer to keep plants growing healthy, too. Otherwise, just keep watering and waiting for the plants to mature.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Naveen Rojanala

Hi Kelly,Thank you for your comment.
I live about 25 north of Dallas, TX. We did have bit of cold climate recently. I have been applying the Herb & Plant fertilizer regularly ( once about 4-5 days) from Bonnie plants.

Naveen

Andy

I plante a Celebrity and a Better Boy about 3 weeks ago. They have really taken off and I need to stake them before thy get too big. Any tips on staking?

Kelly Smith

Hi Andy,

Great news on your tomato plants! The best time to add support for plants is right after you plant them, so you don’t disturb the roots after they’re growing. So you’re right—now is the time to add support. Check out our article Stake Tomatoes Off the Ground, which gives lots of options for supporting your tomato plants.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Wes Snow

I’m using a 18″ pot in diameter and 24″ deep is this a good
size for one Bonnie Better Boy Hybird Tomato plant. I purchased one from home depot indicating it would produce in 70 to 75 days once planted.

Kelly Smith

Hi Wes,

We typically recommend 24 inches diameter for an indeterminate tomato like Better Boy, but 18 inches should do fine since your pot is so deep. Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Fred Benton

I have planted Celebrity and Early Girls for several years now. However, there is much differing information regarding Celebrity as determinate/semi-determinate/indeterminate. How much pruning of Celebrity does Bonnie recommend?

Mary Beth

Hi Fred,
Pruning is a personal preference and choice. Many folks swear by pruning suckers and keeping the plant within a desired size, while others let nature take it’s course. Some say pruning leads to bigger, tastier fruit, while others think you get more fruits by not pruning. Let us know what you decide! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Anita

I have a grape size tomato plant am trying to grow for the first time . My question is how do I transplant into a bigger pot with the stakes in it ? Help

Mary Beth

Hi Anita,
At risk of sounding obvious, I would recommend doing it very carefully! :) I’m not sure how large your tomato plant is at this point, but do the best you can to keep the plant intact and the rootball together while transplanting. If the stakes are removable and the plant hasn’t grown too much around them, it might be easier to remove the stakes and re-tie the stems to newly inserted stakes in the new pot. The great thing about tomatoes is that the stems will root and grow very well — wherever they touch soil. Good luck! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Kathy

I have planted a variety of your plants in my garden (bought from Lowe’s) Now, I have a few pots on my porch I’d like to walk out and grab some smaller tomatoes just to pop in my mouth – what varieties do you recommend – the porch gets a lot of sun.
Thank you
Kathy

Mary Beth

Hi Kathy,
You are just in time! Today we are sharing a new Tomato Chooser Tool that we’ve had in development this Spring. Our page on everything you need to know about tomatoes is a great place to start. Within the Tomato Chooser, click your preferred plant size, container, heirloom or hybrid, and more to see all of your options! http://www.bonnieplants.com/tomatoes/ Let us know how it grows! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Mary Beth

Hi Jason,
I’m not sure I understand your question…Perhaps you mean is it okay to plant tomatoes in the ground without using potting soil? If so, yes, that is completely fine. If you would like to learn more about amending your garden soil and the desired texture and pH, check out this article. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

np

I just bought 3 Bonnie tomato plants. Can I plant more than one plant is a planter that is 24 inches big?

Mary Beth

It’s best to have one tomato plant in a pot that size. Different varieties grow to varying sizes in maturity — some are tall and have lengthy vines and others are short and compact. They all need about a deep 18-24″ pot at a minimum, though, for best results. Let us know how it grows. ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

Peggy Penny

I bought 2 tomato plants. Planted them in huge planters for the patio. One plant is about 41/2 feet tall with 27 tomatoes. the other much smaller, with 12 tomatoes. Old timers say when the plant gets bushy and has fruit, back off the watering. Is this true? How much do you water? I think all living plants should have lots of water! Thanks

Mary Beth Shaddix

Hi Peggy,
Congratulations on your healthy, productive tomatoes! The fun thing about growing tomatoes is that everyone seems to have their own secret tips or tricks. It is debatable that restricting water will develop more flavorful tomatoes, but play it safe with watering a consistent amount at least 1″ of water per week while fruiting, especially in containers. Blossom End Rot is a disappointing result of lack of consistent water and unavailable calcium (http://bonnieplants.com/library/conquer-blossom-end-rot/), so look out for that. This article should help clarify. We also have a section on Watering in our library of articles.
Let us know how it grows! ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants

jason hill

hey. i bought 2 tomato plants and planted them about two weeks ago. i just read that i need to plant them 2/3 deep. is it too late to redo them? thanks!!!

Mary Beth Shaddix

Hi Jason,
Your tomato plants should be fine the way you’ve already planted them. Planting 2/3 down helps tomatoes grow strong root systems, but tomato plants will grow when not planted this way, too. Yours have probably begun establishing more roots, so it’s probably best to avoid disturbing them now. Try planting 2/3 down next year and compare notes from this year!

Jake

MY QUESTION IS SIMILAR TO ANOTHER ONE, MY PLANTS HAVE BEEN IN THE GROUND ABOUT 3 WEEKS OR MORE AND I JUST NOW SAW THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO PLANT 2/3 DOWN. THEY SEEM TO BE THRIVING SO FAR. IS IT WORTH RE PLANTING NOW OR SHOULD I JUST DO BETTER NEXT SEASON.

Kelly Smith

Hi Jake,

Your tomato plants should be fine this year as you planted them. Planting 2/3 down helps tomatoes grow strong root systems, but tomato plants will grow when not planted this way, too. Try planting 2/3 down next year and compare notes from this year!

Happy gardening,
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

ken

I have purchased 4 Bonnie Tomato plants and your planting suggestion is to plant them a full 2/3 of the plant in in the ground. Do you have to trim any of the stems or do you plant the complete stem, leaves and all?

Billie

Hi! I just bought 2 Bonnie tomato plants. I bought two very large plastic pots to plant them in. The pots do not have drainage holes in the bottom. Do I need to drill some?

Kelly Smith

Hi Billie,

Yes, it’s crucial that you have drainage holes in your pots!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

David

I am a novice. Planted my first Tomato plants in a pot 6 days ago. I did not plant deep (2/3) as recommended. Should I replant or leave as is? Thank you.

Kelly Smith

Hi David,

Your plant will still grow even if you didn’t plant deep, but 6 days is not too late to replant, this time planting deeply. Be sure your container is large enough for a tomato (24 inches and/or 5 gallon) and filled completely with soil.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Richard

When I get my Bonnie plants there is two to three per container. Am I to plant all in the same hole or try to seperate them?

Kelly Smith

Hi Richard,

Yes, sometimes you get a few plants for the price of one in our pots. For tomatoes, separating the seedlings is possible but you have to be very careful or you could cause damage. Instead, you could just choose the strongest seedling and clip the others back at the base.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Dawn

Hello Bonnie plants, this is my first time to plant tomatoes what do I do if the plants already have tomatoes?should I still plant 2/3 down? Thank you!

Kelly Smith

Hi Dawn,

Yes, you should still plant 2/3 down. You might also remove the tiny fruits already forming so that your plant can put energy into growing a good foundation before setting fruit.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

robin welch

HI this is my first time using containers and plants. I want to know if i can use my soil from last year flowers to grow my tomatoes and peppers. Robin

Kelly Smith

We recommend that you replace the potting mix in your containers annually to provide the best growing environment for your plants. Also be sure to use a good potting mix. It’ll make a big difference!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Janis Frantz

I love your plants. We have been loyal customers for over 10 years now. We love how healthy your plants are and they are easy to grow when your instructions are followed. Using your plants only made sense when we became empty nesters, with today’s economy, one of our kids is back with us and now I’m spoiled and I won’t give up my Bonnie Plants! Thank You. I like you web site too.

Kelly Smith

Hi Janis,

Thanks so much! We really appreciate your nice comments and your business. Best of luck gardening this year with your family!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

van

i love growing Bonnie plants , this year I have a small greenhouse on my garden area and am wanting to know if I can get tomatoes plants earlier than they are available in my local area ?

kelly

Hi Van,

We do not currently offer early or online sales through our website but we will soon be offering this service through a few of our retail partners. When this launches (in a few weeks), we’ll let you know through our Facebook page, so go to Facebook and “like” Bonnie Plants. You can follow our progress on this service and also get gardening tips, ideas, and news there.

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Jane Hall

I know for a fact that this info really works I am 66 yrs old an I remember asa child, my dad planting the tomatoes like this an he always had the best tomatoes around. I love Bonnie plants!!!!

Comments are closed.