When volunteer tomatoes pop up in your spring garden, you may be wondering if it’s worth the effort to keep these unintended seedlings that got planted by other means. Volunteer tomatoes can be the transplant work of birds, chipmunks or the wind.
When can you transplant volunteer tomatoes?
- Allow the volunteer to grow in place until it has three to four sets of true leaves.
- Water the area with the volunteer tomato plant so the top 6 inches of soil is moist a day or two before you plan to dig the tomato.
- Choose a cool, cloudy day or wait until near evening to transplant the tomato.
Can you replant a broken tomato branch?
The good news is that tomato plants can rapidly grow new roots. You can help them do this in soil or water, using a broken stem (not the whole plant). Soil: put the end of the broken stem into moist soil and keep moist, after a couple of weeks new roots should develop and the plant will grow.
Can tomato plants spread seeds?
The fruit is consumed by a bird, or perhaps a mammal, along with the seeds. The seeds themselves are later excreted without being digested and are thereby scattered.
Do tomatoes produce fruit?
A tomato plant produces fruit in 49 to 98 days (7 to 14 weeks) when grown from a transplant. A tomato plant grown directly from seed takes 25 days longer (74 to 123 days) to produce fruit. Indeterminate tomato varieties will continue to grow and produce fruit until they are stopped or killed by cold or frost.
Where do volunteer tomatoes come from?
Most fruiting crops, however, can use a little help. Volunteer tomatoes usually come from the seeds of fallen fruit, so they can be “recruited” by dropping an overripe tomato or two on the ground (away from the original bed, of course) and stepping on them.
What are volunteer crops?
In gardening and agronomic terminology, a volunteer is a plant that grows on its own, rather than being deliberately planted by a farmer or gardener. Volunteers often grow from seeds that float in on the wind, are dropped by birds, or are inadvertently mixed into compost.
How long does it take for tomatoes to grow after transplant?
Early-season tomatoes require 50 to 60 days to reach harvest from transplanting; mid-season tomatoes require 60 to 80 days; late-season tomatoes require 80 or more days.
What time of day is best to transplant tomatoes?
The Tomato Gardening Guru website advises that cool, cloudy days are best for transplanting tomatoes into the home garden. Gardeners should plant in the morning, to keep tomatoes from drying or suffering during the process.
What is the best fertilizer for tomatoes?
Choose a fertilizer that has a balanced ratio of the three major elements, such as 10-10-10, or where the middle number (phosphorus) is larger than the first number (nitrogen), such as 2-3-1. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and usually do need fertilizer unless your soil is very rich.