Transplanting Vegetables: Black Cherry Tomatoes

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Transplanting vegetables, such as black cherry tomatoes, can utilize six-pack cells or clumps of tomatoes to get a head start on the season. Transplant cherry tomatoes with a professional permaculture gardener in this free video on mass propagation of... View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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Here's another way to get your Early's tomatoes going and off to a fast start. Around here, we they, we have a saying that it's not a contest, but with tomatoes it is a contest. In New England, the difference between a a harvest and disappointment is an early start. You want to get your tomatoes as big and as robust as you can as early in the season as you can. Of course, if you err on too much on the early side you'll lose them to frost. So here, we have some very exotic black cherry. They're not red, they're not orange, but they're black cherry tomatoes. And my intuition says that they've pretty much exhausted their habitat. You see; they've used their nutrients, they've used their space. That is just not going to develop anymore in that tiny little six pack cell, so extremely easy to just do a little quickie transfer. Some people would bust up the roots a little. But the truth of the matter is that tomatoes are weeds. They want to grow, and if you give them half a chance that's just what they're going to do. So that didn't take too much effort, did it? Top them off with our delicious brand new potting soil mix, tuck em' in; try not to break em'. At this point, they're getting pretty stout so they're a little more resilient. They're past the cut worm stage. Now, those of you who've grown cherry tomatoes know that it does not take too many plants to produce a ton of cherry tomatoes. So theoretically, if you weren't a, you know, a big farm, theoretically, that would be enough cherry tomatoes for a family for an entire year.