Tomato is a warm weather vegetable and are hugely popular. Every gardener dreams of growing the ultimate tomato. They are easy to grow from seeds. If you don’t have much space available or you live in a cold climate then growing tomatoes in Pots/Container is a great idea. Let’s discuss how to grow tomato plants from seeds?
Starting from Seeds
- Fill the seed tray with good quality Seed Starting Mix/ Potting Mix or you can make one yourself. Can also use pots instead.
- Plant two seeds in each cell or three seeds in each pot.
- Keep the potting medium moist, not soaking wet & don’t let it try out.
- The soil temperature must be at-least 20 C (70 F) for optimum germination rate though the seeds can be germinated in between 10 C – 35 C (50 F – 95 F).
- Seeds will germinate anything in between 7-21 days, depending upon the seed quality & growing condition.
- Once germinated, thin out the weaker seedling. In case of pot, discard the weakest one and let two plants grow as they protect each other from sunscald & sunburn. The yield will also be good as compared to two different plants.
- Start hardening off seedlings at-least 7 days before transplanting.
- Prepare the garden soil or potting soil by adding well matured compost or fertilizer at-least 7 days in advance.
- Transplant the seedlings once they grow at-least 2 true leaves.
- Plant the seedlings around 20 inches apart in ground or 2 per medium sized pot.
- Add 2-3 matchstick tips in the hole with the plant. This will give your plant a much needed Sulfur and Potassium.
- Sprinkle one teaspoon of Epsom Salt after planting.
- Water it thoroughly.
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