How to take care of tomato plants in the winter

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How to take care of tomato plants in the winter
Transplant tomato plants to containers in winter. (tomato plant image by Crisps 85 from

After a season of producing fragrant tomatoes, you may notice your tomato plant beginning to yellow. The tomato plant needs warm temperatures to stay healthy. Cold weather can kill your plants. During winter, bring your tomato plants indoors to protect them from frost and snow. In the spring, replant them and enjoy your favourite tomatoes for another season. Minimise root damage by working gently with the plant's root ball; tender handling keeps plants healthy.

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Things you need

  • Tomato cage
  • Pruning shear
  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Shovel
  • Dolly

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  1. 1

    Water the plant thoroughly before removing it. Allow it to drain several hours before beginning the transplant process.

  2. 2

    Remove all remaining fruit from the plant. Remove the tomato cage or support system.

  3. 3

    Clip back the stems of the plant.

  4. 4

    Prepare a container with potting soil. Fill the container halfway with the soil.

  5. 5

    Ease your shovel around the plant in a circle. Mark 15 cm (6 inches) on every side of the plant with your shovel.

  6. 6

    Dig down about 20 cm (8 inches) into the soil. Loosen up the soil with the shovel, then remove the soil.

  7. 7

    Remove the tomato plant by lifting it straight up by the stump.

  8. 8

    Set the plant in the container. Fill the container the remainder of the way with soil from the tomato's original soil.

  9. 9

    Place the container on a dolly and roll it carefully to it's new, warmer location.

  10. 10

    Replace the tomato cage and water the plant well.

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