Tips and Steps For Growing Tomatoes from Seed

Tomatoes thrive very well in warm climates, although they can still be grown in greenhouses under controlled conditions. The initial nursery preparations for tomato seedlings are very important. There are two ways of handling this. You can grow the tomatoes from seeds or buy seedlings from a vendor. Growing tomatoes is very easy, yet delicate and this means some careful considerations need to be made first.

from seedThe first step to growing tomatoes from seed is identifying quality tomato seeds to plant in a nursery bed. You can search online for seed stores that deal with agricultural products to find a good one. You will need seeds from a reputable source for quality assurance. You also need to decide whether to use heirlooms or hybrid tomato seeds. Depending on your garden size, you can plant the two simultaneously.

The next step after purchasing tomato seeds is preparing a nursery where seedlings are to grow. The nursery should be prepared with rich and fertile sterile soil. This is an important procedure, especially if the nursery will be indoors or within a greenhouse. Ensure the soil is well moistened before creating furrows in the same. These furrows should be ¼ inches deep and about ½ inches apart. Next, drop the tomato seeds along these furrows, then cover lightly with sterile soil. Sprinkle water gently on these furrows to give enough moisture for the seeds to grow.

One important fact you should understand about the seeds is that they need light (especially sunlight or florescent light), warmth and moisture to grow healthy. Light is very important when the seedlings are germinating in their nursery. If these are present, the seedlings should start germinating within a period of 6 days. Proper care should be taken on the germinating seedlings and this involves ensuring that there is enough sunlight and moisture, as well as, uprooting any weeds if any. This should go on for at least 25 days after germination.

You should have prepared the field or garden where these seedlings are to be transplanted to. This entails ensuring the soil is loose enough (involves digging and getting rid of any weeds) and then creating holes where the tomato seedlings will be transplanted to. Next, you need to add in some fertilizer, preferably C.A.N (Calcium Ammonium Nitrate) or D.A.P (Di Ammonium Phosphate), in the already prepared field for transplanting. You can also transplant the seedlings into containers that have been prepared, too. Water the containers or field in readiness for seedlings.

You need to water or irrigate the nursery bed at least two hours before you can start to transplant the seedlings. This will help loosen up soil around the seedling’s roots for easy pricking out. When this is done, use an old spoon fork to prick individual healthy tomato seedlings from their growing containers. Ensure the roots come out with a ball of soil then insert the seedling to its container or hole. Press the soil firm around its roots and then repeat the procedure in all holes or containers you wish to plant the tomato seedlings.

These are the most important steps in growing tomatoes from seed. If you handle everything perfectly, you should be sure of a bounty harvest within 16 weeks or even less.