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Q&A Planted cherry tomatoes too close together; can I still recover?

Two weeks ago I planted two small cherry-tomato seedlings ("tidy treats" variety; the description used words like "small" and "compact") into one 10" pot. I now know that's too close; I'm a beginn...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  last activity 12mo ago by Monica Cellio‭

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#2: Post edited by user avatar Monica Cellio‭ · 2020-05-31T20:27:46Z (over 2 years ago)
  • Two weeks ago I planted two small cherry-tomato seedlings ("tiny treats" variety; the description used words like "small" and "compact") into one 10" pot. I now know that's too close; I'm a beginner. My question is about recovering from this mistake now, two weeks later. Is it still practical to transplant one out of this pot (and center the other), or are the roots likely too entwined with each other now and I'd harm the plants? If it's practical, for about how long is it likely to be so? (I'll need to order another pot.)
  • Here is a picture taken today:
  • ![plants today](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/ecGopVvSiFPdo4RW3zCmm5cH)
  • And here is a picture taken exactly one week ago, for comparison:
  • ![plants a week ago](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/HDFKSUNm6Ua5XsX2qxv7wLPV)
  • I didn't take a picture of the original seedlings from a week before that.
  • Two weeks ago I planted two small cherry-tomato seedlings ("tidy treats" variety; the description used words like "small" and "compact") into one 10" pot. I now know that's too close; I'm a beginner. My question is about recovering from this mistake now, two weeks later. Is it still practical to transplant one out of this pot (and center the other), or are the roots likely too entwined with each other now and I'd harm the plants? If it's practical, for about how long is it likely to be so? (I'll need to order another pot.)
  • Here is a picture taken today:
  • ![plants today](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/ecGopVvSiFPdo4RW3zCmm5cH)
  • And here is a picture taken exactly one week ago, for comparison:
  • ![plants a week ago](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/HDFKSUNm6Ua5XsX2qxv7wLPV)
  • I didn't take a picture of the original seedlings from a week before that.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar Monica Cellio‭ · 2020-05-31T20:18:19Z (over 2 years ago)
Two weeks ago I planted two small cherry-tomato seedlings ("tiny treats" variety; the description used words like "small" and "compact") into one 10" pot.  I now know that's too close; I'm a beginner.  My question is about recovering from this mistake now, two weeks later.  Is it still practical to transplant one out of this pot (and center the other), or are the roots likely too entwined with each other now and I'd harm the plants?  If it's practical, for about how long is it likely to be so?  (I'll need to order another pot.)

Here is a picture taken today:

![plants today](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/ecGopVvSiFPdo4RW3zCmm5cH)

And here is a picture taken exactly one week ago, for comparison:

![plants a week ago](https://outdoors.codidact.com/uploads/HDFKSUNm6Ua5XsX2qxv7wLPV)

I didn't take a picture of the original seedlings from a week before that.