Garden stake (available from Bunnings Warehouse )
An old stocking or piece of cotton fabric
1. Dig a hole to plant your seedling. Dig it deep enough so that only the top 1/4 of the plant is sticking out of the ground. The stem will put out new roots and help establish a good root system for the plant.
2. Place a hand full of compost in the bottom of the hole and place your plant on top of the compost. This will give your plant an extra boost, and also help keep the plant from going into shock from transplanting. Try not to disturb the roots in the transplanting process.
3. Pour water in the hole after putting your plant in. Make sure you use room temperature water for this.
4. Pull the dirt up to the stem of the plant, making sure you leave the 1/4 of the top sticking out of the soil. Pat the dirt down lightly.
5. Drive your stake into the ground. While you won’t need your stake yet by placing it in the soil now you’ll avoid disturbing the root system once it has been established.
6. Use torn cotton fabric or stockings to loosely tie your plant as needed, be careful not to bind your plant by tying too tightly.
7. Water your plant often. Do this by watering generously at the base of the plant.
Tip: Pruning isn’t necessary. While some people prune so their plant will produce larger fruits your tomato plant will not produce as many fruits this way.