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by texman on March 16, 2006 11:06 PM
Hi! New to the site. I went down to the local Home Depot store and figuring I got a late start, bought tomatoe plants that were already approx. 12 inches tall, good healthy plants with blooms already. Well 2 weeks later I've got tomatoes starting. Are plants strong enough to support fruit? Will this affect their production in the months ahead. What should I do? Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Thanks,
Texman
by johnCT on March 16, 2006 11:13 PM
Have you planted them in the garden yet? If not, you should bury the plants up to the top two or so sets of leaves and pick the first fruit off the plant to encourage the plant to put it's energy towards rooting and foliage growth.

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by texman on March 16, 2006 11:19 PM
Yes, I planted them the day that I bought them. I did not plant them that deep. I should take the fruit off? Everyone agree?
by njoynit on March 18, 2006 06:24 AM
I would.When I bought my 2 in feb when they set flowers I pulled them off.I also useually will pull the bottom stems off and plant deeper..more roots seek more moisture& make a good plant.

So what kind did ya buy?mulch them too.they'll fare better.I mulch mine with weeds& newspaper& compost.

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