How to Transplant Tomatoes From a Greenhouse to a Garden


Tomatoes are one of the most widely grown of all garden vegetables. Not only are fresh tomatoes more delicious than store-bought tomatoes, there is something satisfying about picking them from your own garden. If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, you can start your own tomatoes from seed quite early. However, then you have to transplant the tomatoes from the greenhouse to your garden if you want them to get the most of being outside. However, transplanting tomatoes into a garden from a greenhouse is pretty easy.

Step 1

Choose a variety of tomato that is grown in a garden and not a greenhouse. Greenhouse tomatoes will not do well in an outdoor garden.

Step 2

Leave your tomatoes outside during the day. Keep them in their pot, but allow them to get used to the elements before you transplant them. Do this for two weeks. The first week let them only outside during the day. During the second week leave them outside during the night, as long as it does not freeze.

Step 3

Plant your transplant tomatoes in your garden once they are four to five weeks old.

Step 4

Dig holes for the transplant tomatoes in your garden. Make sure it is as deep as the tomato container, about 5 to 6 inches deep and 3 to 4 inches wide. Space the plants about 2 to 3 feet from each other.

Step 5

Place the tomato plants in the holes. Fill the holes with soil and pat down firmly.

Step 6

Water the transplanted tomatoes well.

Tips and Warnings

  • Set out transplanted tomatoes well after the last frost in your area. If there is a danger of weather damage, protect the transplants with a clear plastic sheet.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade


  • Transplanting Vegetables

Who Can Help

  • Easy Gardening: Tomatoes
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.