Sunday, October 8, 2017

Planting tomato seeds

Tomato seedlings are raised in nursery beds. About 500g of seed provides enough seedlings to cover 1 ha of land. Fill the peat pot (or styrofoam cup) with the moistened soil mix of own choice. For example, one mix could be made using 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. Just to make sure to water it before sow the seeds.

Seeds are sown in shallow rows (sow 2 to 3 seeds 1/4-inch deep in soil in each pot) by broadcasting on a well prepared seedbed and lightly covering with soil.
Store the containers in room of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) until germination occurs. They should germinate in seven to fourteen days. When the seeds germinate, move them into full sun or under grow lights.

Mist the seeds daily for the first 7 to 10 days. When started to see sprouts, water should be used less. Notice if the plants have grown to at least 6 inches (15.2 cm) high. Seedlings are ready to transplant within about 3-4 weeks.

Spacing of tomato crops varies from 30 to 120 cm within the row and 1 to 2 m between the rows. Both ridges and furrows and flatbed systems are used to plant tomatoes, but the ridge and furrow method provides good support for plants.
Planting tomato seeds
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