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How to Care for Tomato Plants - A Guide
Growing tomatoes from seeds all you need to know
Tomato seedlings – growing, nurturing and caring for tomato seedlings is a small guide that I’ve written after thoroughly researching this topic and I’ve also added a few points from my own personal experiences. Growing tomatoes from seeds is every gardeners dream. The excitement you feel when you get your first fruit is truly amazing and unmatched. If you plan to grow tomato seedlings you’ll need to ask yourself a basic question – “When to plant tomato seedlings”. When exactly you plant your tomato seedlings depends on various factors as discussed in this article.
That’s not all you’re going to find in this article; you’ll also get all the information you need regarding the common doubt “transplant tomato seedlings” – check out the exact procedure that needs to be followed when transplanting tomato seedlings and when you need to do it.
Caring for tomato seedlings a hard task for some, but it is really important as well-nourished plants will eventually grow better and stronger; thereby, producing not just a higher yield but tastier and lively tomatoes. Many of us just grow and water the tomato seedlings without providing proper care. You’ll surely get fruit – but not as much as you hoped for.
When to plant tomato seedlings?
When to plant tomato seedlings is a common question asked by every tomato gardener. The answer basically depends on the place you’re from and the weather conditions prevailing in that particular year. Basically, planting tomato seeds is done about two months before the beginning of spring. You’ll need to plant the tomato seedlings indoors at this time as they’ll need to grow a bit before their ready to be planted in the outside world. Within 2 weeks of their growth they’ll be ready to take on the outside climate. If you still have doubts regarding the exact time to plant tomato seedlings in your area you could consult a garden expert or any of your friends who plant tomatoes year after year. I hope this answers the question and erases all doubts from your mind regarding – When to plant tomato seedlings.
Growing tomatoes from seeds and caring for tomato seedlings
If you’re planning on growing tomatoes from seeds then you’ll need to begin indoors. The container you choose should have soil rich in nutrients and the moisture level should be maintained at a suitable level – not too wet neither too dry. When growing tomatoes from seeds you’ll need to plant the tomato seeds in tiny furrows which are separated by at least half an inch or more.
Once the seeds are placed inside the furrows you can then gently cover up the furrows with a pinch of soil. These containers need to be kept in a warm place so that the seeds can germinate well. Once the seeds germinate and the plant is visible you can then place the containers in a corner that receives ample sunlight – for instance the windowsill. If you can’t get a spot indoors that receives good sunlight you could also use fluorescent bulbs. But, natural light is always better and preferred.
The tomato plants will emerge with just their cotyledon leaves present. Their still tender and need the most care in this stage. They grow rapidly and you’ll notice a huge change every single day. Caring for tomato seedlings also consists of giving them enough sunlight – you can easily tell by the colour of the leaves; the greener they’re the better.
The stage of growing tomatoes from seedlings is now completed. The plants will continue to grow for about two weeks indoors within the container they were first planted in. Once they’ve grown to a decent size it’s time to transplant tomato seedlings.
If you're looking for a complete guide right from planting to harvesting explained in steps then you'd love the article I've written titled: How to plant a tomato plant in your garden or a container
Transplant tomato seedlings – how to go about
Once the tomato plants have grown to a desired height and girth it’s time to transplant the tomato seedlings. You should wait until true leaves have grown on each of the tomato seedlings. Now that the tomato seedlings have grown you will have to plant them each in individual pots or containers. This is known as pricking out the tomato seedlings.
You need to take care and perform this task gently. When pricking you’ll need to hold the plant below the cotyledon and scoop up the plant from below the roots. You need to get the plant along with the whole root system. Use a small scoop or a spoon/fork to achieve this.
Now dig furrows in each of the containers and gently place the plants into the furrows. The whole part below the cotyledons needs to be buried as this will make the plant to grow firm and strong. A sturdy plant will not collapse due to wind. The plant will readily grow roots from the part of the stem buried. Once the plants are placed gently water the plants so that the loose soil settles and the plant can be firmly fixed in the container. Transplanting tomato seedlings is an easy task provided you have the patience to do it right.
Don't forget to add the right tomato fertilizers to the soil as well because tomatoes are known as heavy feeders. Also, when you add fertilizers you'd need to know how to water the tomato plants that you grow. Mastering these basics is the first step towards a successful harvest and juicy tomatoes.
What's your opinion?
According to me the tomato is a fruit. What do you say? I've clearly explained the reasons that prove it's a fruit as well as the common reasons that make you think that it's a veggie.
Tomato seedlings turning yellow
Tomato seedlings turning yellow is something that happens very often. There are various reasons regarding the yellowing of tomato plants. Anything right from excess watering, overdose of fertilizers, lack of nutrients and many other factors cause yellowing of tomato plants. I've written a whole article about yellow tomato plant leaves, all your doubts regarding tomato seedlings turning yellow will be cleared.