Red Robin dwarf tomato plants are sold in deli containers I purchased from Eco-Products. I drilled holes on the bottom of each container for drainage. The lid can be used as a tray. I made my own potting mix by blending Timberline top soil, Premier sphagnum peat moss and Vigaro perlite. Miracle Grow granular fertilizer, garden lime and epsom salt are sprinkled on the surface.

Keep your tomato plants elevated to avoid critters. Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Water at the base of the plant (try not to water the leaves because wet leaves increases the chance of the plant getting mildew and/or fungus). During rainy days, keep the plant in a dry place so your it won’t get overwatered (mucky soil causes root rot). If the plant’s leaves begin to curl, then it needs water. Remove a leaf at the base of the plant if it is touching the soil (to avoid a soil-born disease). If the temperature outside dips below 55 degrees, bring it inside. If the temperature is going to be over 85 degrees in the afternoon, keep the plant in the sun during the morning hours, then move it into the shade for the rest of the day. If you see the roots circling when you look at the bottom of the container, the plant needs a larger pot..

Dwarf sunflower plants have been sprayed with “Repels-All” animal repellent to deter rabbits and squirrels, but before transplanting into your flower bed, make sure the stem has been hidden by the leaves. I recommend doing this because a rabbit can still be drawn to the stem and behead the plant. If you fence off the plants, you shouldn’t have a problem.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your plants!

Questions or comments: Chris 508-527-1767, grownfromseedma@gmail.com

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