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Pre Planting Tomato Seeds

Notes on Elisha planting tomato seeds

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Elisha reuses potting cells from year to year.  She washes them out each year before using them to give a good clean area to begin with.

Elisha reuses potting cells from year to year. She washes them out each year before using them to give a good clean area to begin with.

Pat soil down

Using regular potting soil, fill the cells and pat the soil down

Push down with a finger to make an indentation

Push down with a finger to make an indentation

two tomato seeds

Place 2 tomato seeds in each indentation

Make sure the seeds are separated so that they may sprout separately.  As they begin to grow, remove the weaker one and keep the healthier one.

Make sure the seeds are separated so that they may sprout separately. As they begin to grow, remove the weaker one and keep the healthier one.

Place small amount of soil on top of the seeds then gently spray them several times to make the sure the soil is moist for them to begin germinating.  Do not put too much water on at a time.  Space the sprays so that the water soaks into the soil and does not disturb the seeds.

Place small amount of soil on top of the seeds then gently spray them several times to make the sure the soil is moist for them to begin germinating. Do not put too much water on at a time. Space the sprays so that the water soaks into the soil and does not disturb the seeds.

The seeds then need to be protected and kept warm and moist until they germinate.  They can be kept in a greenhouse during the day if it is warm enough, but should be moved into the house during the night.

The seeds then need to be protected and kept warm and moist until they germinate. They can be kept in a greenhouse during the day if it is warm enough, but should be moved into the house during the night.


The Above Photos where taken 03/01/2014

Tomato Progress

These are the tomato seeds that Elisha planted earlier. She has been keeping them in the house moving them from window to window so that they would get the benefit of the sun and still stay warm.

Overall view of tray and cells

Overall of the tray and cells

closer view of plant

Closer view of plant

There are two close-ups showing that both seeds are still growing in the same cell. These could be separated by thinning (carefully removing one of the plants) replanting by separating and putting each plant in their own cell, or left as they are and planted together. Whatever is done needs to be done carefully so that you do not upset both plants.

close of of plants

Close-up of tomato plants

Progress Photos taken 04/05/2014