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Give your Tomatoes a Strong Start

Get the best tomatoes this year by giving your plants a head start. Leggy and sad plants have nothing to fear with this handy trick
It seems like everywhere I go I see tomato plants. I told my self I wouldn’t be growing tomatoes this year, we don’t have the garden space (yet) and there are several places around here with U-Pick tomatoes.But then something in the air (anyone else love the smell of tomato leaves? Smells like summer to me!) made me bring home these guys:

A six pack of Roma Tomatoes. A little leggy but nothing hard to fix.

Tomatoes are a funny plant. They can grow roots from any where along their stem. You can use this to your advantage!

Start by getting your maters out of the little six packs. Add a few inches of soil the the bottom of a container.

Snip off the lowest leaves, there shouldn’t be that many. Spread out the roots and place the plant deep in the pot. Gently fill in with more soil. You want to cover the stem!

You won’t immediately see a ton of growth. For the next little while the plants will be focused on root growth so it’s going to look like nothing is going on above ground. It’s the same reason why when you transplant annuals nothing happens and nothing happens and then suddenly out of no where you have 3 foot tall marigolds.

Keep them watered, sunny and warm and you’ll be eating tomatoes in no time!


  1. Great job! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. I love this tip. I tried this for the first time this year, and it has made a HUGE difference in both the plant size and the tomato yield (We are already starting to harvest them here) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing this tip! I am a new follower! Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. mmm, love home grown tomatoes!

  5. I ate the first tomato from my garden this week:)

  6. I am doing this the first time this year. I hope I have better luck with them than I have in the past. I (hopefully) have the yellow kind since my hubby is sensitive to the acid in the red ones.

  7. Thanks for liking this up at Sunday Blog Love. We just planted our tomatoes and there’s nothing like garden fresh tomatoes in the summerM