Raising tomato plants from seeds-how do I keep from getting too leggy?

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First time trying to raise tomato plants from seed. Trying to keep from getting leggy where they fall over. Have been putting outside when weather cooperates.
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  • Good for you! They need to be caged, do you have one? Are they in a big enough pot? You will learn where to pinch off bits to keep the plant healthy. Have you watched any on line tutorials?

  • Dfm Dfm on May 17, 2017
    If u raise your tomatoes under lights....they will grow to the light....keep the lighting a bit closer to the plant. It some times helps to put an ocellating fan on them tomake the stems Strong.

  • Marcie Marcie on May 17, 2017
    Tomato plants like to be planted deeper - are they in enough dirt? When they are inside, are you using lights? If so, make sure they are close enough to the light source. If they are too far away, they will "stretch" to get enough light.

  • Vicki Vicki on May 17, 2017
    If they are leggy, plant them on the side. Roots like normal but bury the stem leaving 4-5 inches of plant above ground. The stem will produce roots making your plant sturdier

  • Karen Pearson Karen Pearson on May 17, 2017
    You can also transplant them, when you do, always plant them much deeper, up to their leaves. If a piece breaks off, plant it! They'll grow roots out of any stem. I never cage mine, use a car a cattle panel & tie them up to that, so they're not a huge tangle. Works for me. 😊