Growing Tomato Plants

Plant inside before last frost:

6 – 8 weeks 

Days to harvest:

60 – 80


full sun

By: Meriel Bradley

Planting tomatoes from seed is quite easy but requires a little planning to get the best results.

Here are 5 quick tips to get you started:

  1. Start your seeds inside about 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost
  2. Once your seedlings have grown their second set of leaves, transplant them to a single small pot, burying the stems slightly deeper to encourage a strong root system
  3. Harden them off outside for 1 week before planting by placing them in a sheltered spot with filtered sunlight. You will want to start with one or two hours on day one and then and extend the time each day until you leave them overnight at the end of the week
  4. Tomatoes need full sun and a nutrient-dense soil so pick your growing spot and work on adding a good compost to the soil
  5. Water your plants well and do not let them dry out – make sure to pour the water directly on the soil, not the leaves. Mulching well will help manage your watering


Quick Facts

Start inside 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost

Needs full sun

Make sure you have a rich well-composted soil

Keep well watered avoiding the leaves

Don’t overcrowd your plants to allow for good airflow for the healthiest plants

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