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Tomato plug plants arrived today...

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
...do I put them in small pots now, or straight into their final position (hessian vegetable planters about a foot deep, 2.5 feet across)?



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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,159
    Personally, I’d let them recover from their journey and put them into small pots with some regular compost. Bury them up to their first pair of leaves and let them get over the shock for about a week. Then put them into their final places.
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  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 4,243
    Are they inside a greenhouse the planters? If not it's still too cold to be outside until the end of the month. When they are planted bury them up to the first sets of leaves, if not in your planter (which by the sounds of it will only take two plants) then in plant pots deep enough to do this. What kind of toms are they?
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,678
    I would do exactly the same, they are looking a bit soft and leggy so let them grow on a bit and right themselves first.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    They need planting into small pots, right up to their lowest leaves, then keeping somewhere with plenty of light but where the temperature doesn't drop below about 10C or get much above about 20C (a windowsill in an unheated house room is usually perfect - a centrally heated room will be a bit warm and they may grow too fast.)  If your planters are outside, you are going to have to keep them indoors or in a greenhouse or coldframe etc. in those pots until the weather warms up and minimum night temperatures are consistently above about 10C, so they may need repotting again before that happens (likely sometime in June, depending on where you are.)  Once the weather has obeyed your wishes, put the pots on top of the planters each day and take them back inside each night for about 5 days or more which will 'harden them off' so they don't get so much of a shock when finally planted.
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  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    Thanks everyone, will do so.  Pretty good weather in Kent but I can put them in the mini greenhouse overnight.

    Types (GW offer at T&M):

  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    One week later I’m pretty sure all but one is dead :D



    The minigreehouse was a death sentence.  I forgot to take them out twice and each time they cooked.
  • Womble54Womble54 WimbledonPosts: 348
    That’s such a shame. Mini greenhouses turn into ovens pretty quickly on sunny days. Not too late to pick up some tomato plants from the garden centre. 

    Some of those may recover, but I agree some look pretty dead.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Oh Tin pot  :/ the one at the end brown pot looks OKish and from that end the first three in black pots again OKish.

    If you have bigger pots I would plant them up again new compost right up to the leaf joint again give them a good water and put them somewhere sheltered and bright outside this time and keep them damp but not waterlogged.

    Good luck

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  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,729
    edited May 2019
    Thanks but I think they’ve had it - the stems are okay until you look as they go into the soil they are thin, dried and brown!



    No worries though, I will attend to the remaining plant in hope. :smile:
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