Grow MORE Tomatoes: Soil Topping Tomato Plants

Grow MORE Tomatoes: Soil Topping Tomato Plants

Continually adding soil using a second container to your tomato plants can increase your yield and speed up the growth of your tomato plants! You can add new…
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Question by carstegan: Help! Over trimmed my tomato plants?
I have about a dozen large leafed tomato plants. When told to trim it (take away the second shoots off the main leaves), I got over zealous and trimmed the bottom leaves (yes, all of them), leaving the growing tomatoes, flowers and the top 1/3 of the plant. Is there a way to save the plants from dying?

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Answer by Marilyn B
You may still have a viable plant. Don’t despair! As long as you don’t remove anymore leaves, keep the plants well watered, and continue to fertilize with a fertilizer designed specifically for tomato plants, there should be enough foliage to sustain the plant. My father was raised on a farm and he always removed the lower, non-producing stems and yellowing leaves. This provides more energy toward fruit production in the latter part of the growing season.

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  1. wow, love the idea of cutting the bottom out of another container to raise
    the soil level. I was wondering the same thing, so sewed two root pouches
    together, one above the other, and have them growing in a kiddie pool to
    absorb water from the bottom. They are doing fantastic, and I’m in a zone
    6b (middle of March!). But I like your idea better. I’m going to do that
    next year!

  2. Good video. You can also lay the tomatoe plant side ways ( when in infant
    stage) and just leave the top one third out. The bottom 2 thirds will
    become a massive root ball allowing bigger yields.

  3. That’s a great idea!

  4. I was planning to add a third pot as it seems to be doing really well now,
    but I may save that for next season! Thanks for watching!

  5. Hey, and thank you for watching! You can most certainly self pollinate
    tomatoes like the zucchini…Just without the need of another flower. With
    tomatoes. The flowers can be vibrated (a vibrating toothbrush works
    amazing) to stimulate the pollen. Let me know if you have any other
    questions and I can help out more! Hope the tomatoes are coming along!

  6. great, you should grow a separate tomato without adding extra soil and show
    side by side the difference in how they grow and produce!

  7. any time I just hope it works :)

  8. neat what you do here could be applied also to growing potatoes in container

  9. urban gardener /2011/07/is-miracle-gro-organic-who-cares/

  10. I always knew tomatoes do better when you plant them as deep as possible. I
    never thought of doing it quite that way, THANKS!!!

  11. For sure, that’s a great idea. II will try that experiment for sure once i
    move in a month. Should be doing a lot of cool stuff once i get the
    greenhouse up. Maybe I can check the root distribution when I pull the
    plant. Thanks for the comment!

  12. Hey Thanks for the tip, I think I may try this with potatoes. Great idea!

  13. very good :)

  14. Thanks gary, It seems to work well for me! Especially if the plant has
    started to mature and really root out in its current container. Thanks for

  15. Hi! It’s my first year of growing tomatoes and I wanted to ask you if I
    have to pollinate their flowers like you did with the zucchini flowers?
    Thanks for the videos! :)

  16. Thank you! I did an update in the recent Garden Tour 3 showing the progress
    of the root system. Seems to be working well! Thanks for watching!

  17. That’s a great idea! Thanks for posting this.. :)

  18. miracle grow fertilizer is derived from sewer sludge.. this sludge contains
    all kinds of non organic matter. It has a totally opposite charge compared
    to organic fertilizer. where organic elements attract to the soil and
    roots, miracle grow (and other non-organics) are repelled from soil
    particles and roots. recent studies have shown that only around 10% of
    miracle grow is taken in by plants … the rest quickly washes away as it
    has no means of staying put in the soil..

  19. Hey thanks for the comment! I agree 100%. I do not recommend or advise
    anyone to use Miracle Grow as they are not an Organic company by any means.
    Growing organic is a lifestyle, and in no way found by using a bag of
    Miracle Grow. This is simply the best choice for cost/availability and my
    specific needs at the moment. It is also the principal, I heard “Scott’s,
    the parent company of Miracle-Gro, is in bed with Monsanto and are the
    exclusive agent of Round-Up. ”

  20. Very nice. I should’ve buried my tomato plant stems a little more when I
    transplanted them this year – oh well. Be aware that Miracle Gro products
    are only organic in the sense that they are made out of natural material,
    but are NOT organic in the sense of not having chemicals of questionable
    nature in them.

  21. Are your plants really dying? Are the remaining leaves turning brown and wilting? Normally trimming the bottom leaves is healthy for the tomatoes, as long as you leave the flowering stems attached.

    Feed your toms a good fertilizer, keep them well-watered with warm, moist soil, give them plenty of sun and they should do fine.

    You could also burry the de-leafed part of the plant in soil and that part of the stem will grow more roots, thereby strenghtening the plant. Tomatoes re-root rather fast.

  22. A few years back someone told me to trim my tomato plants, but end up with a weaker plant and less tomatoes to harvest and the tomatoes are no bigger. What a stupid idea !! So I never trim my tomato plants again, more branches means more tomatoes. Now since you have already trimmed your tomato plants, It is important to support it with a few strong sticks to prevent it from breaking. Tomatoes are pretty hardly and can regenerate pretty quickly. just water it regularly and don’t trim again. They should do fine.

  23. You should be okay.
    this late in the season you should probably give them shade in the late afternoons to keep them from stressing.

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