How to Deep-Plant Tomatoes
Give your tomato plantlings a head start by planting them the smart way
There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to plant tomatoes. To ensure that your plants are as healthy as possible, and to get the biggest yield possible, you’ll want to deep-plant them. Deep-planting sounds like a simple concept, and it is not hard to do, but why do it? When you deep-plant your tomatoes, the buried part of the stem shoots out additional roots, which help to stabilize the plant. This is no small thing for a tomato plant, which can get large and unwieldy. With a strong root base, the plant can support a larger stem and branches, which also means bigger tomatoes. Learn the process for deep-planting tomatoes by watching the video with Fine Gardening executive editor Danielle Sherry and following the steps below.
Trowel, tomato plant, and a prepared bed
- Remove your tomato plant from its container. (Note: peat moss containers also need to be removed.)
- Pinch off any branches from about halfway down your tomato plant to the root ball.
- Dig your hole so that the surface of the soil will sit a couple of inches below the lowest remaining branch.
- Fill your hole, and water your plant.
- Make sure that you place a tomato cage or support over your plant now, while it is still small.
Learn about caring for and harvesting your tomato plants the right way by watching these videos: