Tomato Seeds PLANTING; Start seeds indoors, 5-7 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Use Peat pots or flats with inserts with a good germinating mix like Pro mix or BM-2. Do not use field or garden soil as it may harbor a disease. Place seeds 1/4″ deep. Cover lightly. Keep moist, not wet. Germinate at 80F until emerge. Do not start tomato seeds in a cold frame if soil temperature gets below 70F at anytime after your seed has been sown. After emerge reduce temperature to 60-70F until transplanted outdoors after all danger of frost is past and soil has warmed up. Place plants 18-24″ apart in a row spacing of 4-6′ apart. If plants are planted into plastic mulch, make sure you have a water supply source like, a drip line under the plastic mulch. Plants can be caged or staked for support. If using the stake method, you can use the weave method. Place a stake in between every 2nd or 3rd plant. Now start at the beginning of the row at first stake, tie your string to 1st stake. Take string around the outside of plants on one side to next stake. Wrap string around stake 2 or 3 times. Now continue down the row with string on the same side of row until you reach the end. Wrap string around last stake 3 or 4 times and now go back up other side and do the same. When you are done, your tomato plants should have a string on either side of them to give them support. Repeat this process as plant grows. Strings should be 6″ apart. To make stringing easier, do the following; take a 3/4″ PVC pipe about 3′ long. From top down and bottom up, 4″, drill a 1/4″ hole. Run your string in top of pipe and out top hole to bottom hole, into it and out bottom of pipe. Now you have a handy tool and a time saver. Follow above tying instructions. This tool works as a handle. When you get to a stake, put hand or fingers over string on outside of pipe. This works as a brake to tighten up your string. HARVEST; Pick gently when fruit is fully developed and of a good color. Use fresh, or can for later use. After each tomato variety, you will find a letter or a row of letters. See below about what they mean.
We try to have started tomato plants ready by April 1st & on thru June.
Available in store only no shipping on plants
Treat like peppers protect from frost. We can’t guarantee that we will have all varieties available at all times