Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Volume 2, Number 4: Issue #20
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! Once or twice a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Top 4 Things Tomato Seedlings Need to Be Healthy and Grow
When tomato seedlings pop through your potting soil, the whole game changes. It’s a lot like what happens when you bring a new baby home from the hospital. Your new sprouts require lots of TLC.
There are 4 secrets to growing tomato seedlings successfully:
Read all the details about what tomato seedlings need to grow strong …
- Light: let there be lots of it! Seedlings need 12-18 hours of light each day. Do yourself a favor and give it to them. Otherwise they will become leggy and weak very quickly.
- Water. Water your tomato seedlings enough so that you don’t let the potting mix dry out or seedlings wilt – and make sure to water from the bottom.
- Air. Keep room temperature consistent, about 70°F.
- Nutrients. Look out for yellowing leaves, which indicate the need for food. If possible, wait until your seedlings have at least 2-3 sets of leaves before feeding.
When should you re-pot seedlings?
A strong tomato plant gets that way from a strong root system. Re-potting tomato seedlings gives roots room to grow. You know it’s time to re-pot seedlings to a larger container when …
Read all about repotting tomato seedlings.
- seedlings have two sets of true leaves
- the second set of leaves is at least 2 inches long
More on repotting tomato seedlings ...
How's your soil?
Where to find tomato seedlings and seeds ...
Heirloom and OP (open-pollinated) Tomato Varieties
Tomato Dirt recommends TomatoFest, which offers over 600 varieties.
Hybrid Tomato Varieties
For hybrid tomato seeds, we recommend Burpee, a leading home gardening and seed company since 1881.
Shop Burpee.com for Tomatoes
That’s it for now. More next time!
Until then, happy gardening!
Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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P.S. As you choose which tomato varieties to grow in 2012, make sure you consider which ones grow best in your climate. Check out these tomato variety lists to help.
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