OK I'm so behind that my area's last average frost is coming up -- last week of April -- and most of my tomato seedlings/plants are still in Kcups. But this year's weather is so goofy that after this weekend, night time lows are actually IN THE 50's
I'm thinking I might just skip the uppotting and plant directly in their permanent locations, whether garden beds or containers.
So.... what are the possible pitfalls? Hmmm... I can think of:
- these are 4-6 inch plants so I'm not planting 12-18" plants deep for extra roots like I usually do ...maybe I can plan on hilling them later like potatoes?
- if they are attacked by fungal disease or pests, they don't have as many leaves to sacrifice and they don't have the rootmass/energy to outgrow the disease
What are extra care steps they might need? Spray them right away for fungal preventive? Normally I don't mulch early on to allow the soil to warm up, but the soil might already be warm enough this year. Maybe I should go ahead and paper and mulch and plant through?
...does anyone normally plant itty tomato plants?