Planting leggy transplants


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Well, its happened again. I lost quite a few of my transplanted tomato due to high winds and probably freezing weather tomorrow. But, I still have a bunch of extra plants, plants I grew just for this purpose. They are really leggy though, the stems of many about 18" long or longer. So how do you plant them? There are two ways. One is to dig a deep hole and the other is to lay them on their side. I prefer to dig a deep hole, a hole deep enough to just leave the top 4 inches or so of the plant unburied. The advantage to burying deep is that moisture lasts longer in the deeper soil. I know of no advantages in planting sideways. Tomatoes sometimes grow roots on the buried stem and either method works for this. Leggy peppers can also be planted deep but won't grow roots on the stem.
 
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I dislike leggy tomato plants. Usually I try to discard them if I have sufficient time. Light and low growing temperature are usually the reason. It can come fast some years. Seldom do the plants fully recover IMO.
 
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I dislike leggy tomato plants. Usually I try to discard them if I have sufficient time. Light and low growing temperature are usually the reason. It can come fast some years. Seldom do the plants fully recover IMO.
I don't like them either but it's either planting something you don't like or not planting at all. They will still produce but it's impossible to say if they would have produced more if not leggy, but it is doubtful if they would.
 
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Why were they leggy? Lay dem on their side mate.
They were leggy because I had very little sunshine since I planted the seeds at the beginning of Jan. I planted earlier this month and the leggy plants were extras that I grew in case of a late freeze or some other malady, which unfortunately happened. I prefer to plant deep instead of on their side because if the roots are deeper they won't dry out near as fast and watering is less.
 
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They were leggy because I had very little sunshine since I planted the seeds at the beginning of Jan. I planted earlier this month and the leggy plants were extras that I grew in case of a late freeze or some other malady, which unfortunately happened. I prefer to plant deep instead of on their side because if the roots are deeper they won't dry out near as fast and watering is less.
Why not buy a grow light for dem?
 
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Why not buy a grow light for dem?
I don't have a greenhouse and no room to set up enough lighting for 150+ tomato plants and about 1/2 that many pepper plants. I just bring them inside and stack them in front of windows in cold weather. Luckily, in south Texas it doesn't freeze that often.
 
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I have a reason one might consider laying them sideways. Water levels in that garden. We can get awful wet. So much so the raised hill row is all that is sticking up out of the wet. Were I to plant vertically, well it would take a month or so but it would be a problem as that main root readjusted to what we can get for water. I think this might be a dry year though. Not much solar flare so not so much high heat meeting cold fronts to squeeze moisture from the air.
 
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