Many gardeners enjoy growing tomatoes using seedlings for many reasons. However, the primary reason is that they see quicker results. You will be very limited on your choice of tomato varieties found in these seedlings that you are able to buy from your local nursery or possible websites online. On the other hand, when you plant tomatoes using seeds, you have numerous choices. Below are some important tips that once you understand them you will always know how you grow tomatoes from seeds.
First things first, you need to think about which type you wish to grow. When your starting from seed, Starting them off indoors is very important, normally 6-8 weeks prior to the last frost. Depending on where you live, will determine when this will be. Knowing the date far in advance of planting, will give you that extra helping hand as you’re able to prepare.
Another important element when you grow tomatoes from seeds is the planting medium you use that needs to be sterile, so it protects them from diseases. There are various kinds of medium, so be sure that the one you choose is ideal for the germination of your seeds. You can mix up you own, if you prefer using peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite. When choosing a pre-mixed growing medium, it should not contain too much fertilizer, as this could hurt more than help the seeds. Vegetable gardening using seeds to start plants is a delicate process.
Selecting the right seed is essential, you need to make sure they are the freshest possible. If there not very fresh you find they wont germinate or in some cases they take along time to start sprouting. On average you want seeds which are less than 4 weeks old.
Seed-starter trays are quite useful when starting seeds. You could also use small pots in place of these trays. When choosing small pots, you need to be sure they have the correct drainage. You need to wash new pots, as well as old ones. I recommend 10% bleach solution to wash and sterilize the pots, and then thoroughly rinse them before use.
Now you are ready to start planting your seeds, you need to remember some very important tips. Place the seed one and a half inches into the medium, then water your pots or trays before moving them somewhere warm. This needs to be out of direct sunlight for now. Once your seeds have started to sprout you can move the pot or tray into direct sunlight, as this will encourage extra growth.
Understanding how essential these five tips are will help you grow healthier seedlings. Remember, that making the choice to grow tomatoes from seeds offers you a greater variety for your harvest. You will be able to grow many kinds of different types of tomatoes.
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