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Tomato plants have root growing out the bottom

Hi There

My Costoluto Fiorentino have been growing in the greenhouse and are 1m high with some fruit set on the lower truss.

However they have roots growing out of the 10L pots I planted them in.
I planted them deeply so could this be the cause?

What should I do?

Should I transplant them.




  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited June 2018
    This is normal - those are seeking out water.  That variety can grow into huge plants so I would re-pot into 15l if they were mine.  That can be difficult with a plant that size (they snap easily at this stage) so how about making a shallow tray filled with pea shingle to stand the pot on?  As long as it holds water reasonably well, the roots from the bottom of the pot will allow the plant to take water from the shingle when needed.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,985
    It's quite normal to see roots growing from the bottom of the pot.
    I use 22L pots when I grow toms in pots and at the end of the season the pot is stuffed with big roots that grow out of the bottom of the pot into the soil underneath.

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,403
    Some good advice given above, these are the roots of my Toms, growing in Quadgrows, they soon grow down through the bottom of the pots and into the water reservoir, where they happily sit throughout the growing season.

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