Monday, March 22, 2010
How To Plant An Upside Down Tomato
tomato care, check out my past post. In picture two, you'll see that most of them have two sets of leaves already. But I also found out that my seedling bed can only accommodate about three full grown tomato plants! Yikes! I have to move all the other ones.
So I moved on the phase two. I removed two seedlings from the plot and placed them in a glass of water. Why? I saw in another blog how a big tomato plant was grown in a jar. Imagine that! I figured I'd ease the transplant shock by letting them recover in water first.
Meanwhile, I also transplanted one seedling into a bigger pot (on its own). It must be one of those independent spirits. However, I placed minimal soil in the big pot. Why? I read that as the plant grows, I should add more organic material (or soil) so that the part of the stem beneath the soil will also grow roots. So the move makes for a good rooting system. In my last tomato chronicle, I also quoted a similar point wherein a broken stem should be submerged in soil to make it grow new roots.
Japanese Mint. Mint on top, tomato at the bottom. I am wondering though if the pot is too small. But hey, it's an experiment. How did I do it? I got the tomato seedling from the bottle of water (with the soil washed away) and inserted it inverted at the bottom hole of the pot. Then I put soil in the pot while it's standing on its side. After there was enough soil, I held on to it right side up and continued putting in the soil and the Japanese Mint. And that's it! Try it out too!
Wanna read my complete tomato adventure? Started with me buying seeds, then I moved on to planting them in little yogurt cups, transplanting to a seedling bed and waiting for them to become bigger.