How To Plant a Tomato
Choosing a Tomato Plant
Above (click picture to make it bigger) is a good example of a healthy tomato plant. Look for deep green leaves, no yellow leaves at the base.
The plant should be around twice the height of the pot. If the plant is much bigger it should have been re-potted. The soil should be moist and there should be a label telling you the variety of the tomato plant.
Dig The Soil
Your tomato plant will be in the ground for around six months so prepare the soil well. Dig it over with a trowel or fork until the soil is crumbly. Dig for a depth of at least 30cm (12in) and in a circle about 60cm (2ft) wide.
If you can incorporate some compost (the same as in the pot) plus some well-rotted compost, all the better.
Plant the Tomato
|Make a hole in the soil just a bit bigger than the
Check out if the size of the hole is big enough by placing the pot in the hole.
Click the picture on the left for a better idea of how big the hole should be.
Get the Plant Out of the Pot
Plant Your Tomato
If you are in a drought area, a good tip is to earth up the soil around the plant to form a dip in the soil around the base of the plant. This way, when you water the plant, the water will stay in the dip around the base of the plant and will be concentrated on the roots