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How To Sow Tomato Seeds

How To Sow Tomato Seeds

24/01/2013

Sowing Tomato Seeds.

If you want to save money and raise your own tomato seedlings, here are some videos to help you find your way.



You can plant tomato seeds in various ways:

- sow several seeds into a mixed pot and then separate and transplant them when they are big enough;
- sow them in individual cells, with two to a cell and then thin out the weakest one - then you can ease out the whole cell and root ball and pot them on that way;
- or you can sow them directly in to their medium sized pot, which uses more space up front but means you don't have to transplant them at all until their final growing place.

In all methods I would recommend watering the compost first before sowing the seed rather than afterwards as in some of the examples. Tomato seed is small, light, it puffs up and floats away easily and watering after sowing risks seeds plunging too deep to grow, floating into neighbouring pots or otherwise being wasted.



Sowing into a mixed pot and transplanting
This video from www.tomatogrowing.co.uk shows you how to start seeds off using a mixed pot and cling film if you don't have a propagator.






Sowing into individual cells and thinning
A useful video using tweezers to carefully handle seed from www.boardtownorganics.com







Sowing directly into medium pots
This version from The Bayou Gardener uses a method where you only fill half way initially so that you can bury the plant later without transplanting - a good method.



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