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Growing tomatoes

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 06:34
Right, we have (a fair bit of) germination...

I sowed 6 seeds of each variety. As I find every year, Sungold incredibly reliable (6 out of 6 strong seedlings already germinated), closely followed by Black Cherry (5/6) then Tigerella (3/6). Sweet Aperitif - only 1 out of 6 germinated so far. I do vaguely remember from last year that they take longer.

I've taken the lid off my seed tray now as I want to get some air circulating for the seedlings already there. Hopefully that doesn't put the remainder off from germinating. The tray's in a pretty warm spot - inside our house so at about 20C.

My plan / hope would be to choose the three strongest seedlings from each variety to grow on...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 21:33
Cheers Simon. I think tomorrow should see some proper emergence...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 18:23

Right, back from work, and I can see several seeds beginning to unfurl.

I don't have a fancy propagater with vents. It's a seed tray with modular tray inserts and then a plastic lid on top. So the question is does the lid come off now or do I await some proper green shoots??

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 07:36

4 days in - no sign of life quite yet... took the lid off earlier to have a quick peek without peering through the condensation and all seems quiet but possibly one or two bits of vemiculite beginning to stir... hopefully tomorrow!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 20:45
Will do, Simon!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:06

Right, here we go again... have planted a mixture of sungold, black cherry, sweet aperitif and tigerella into modules and they're currently sitting in a seed tray in our living room.

Sungold are my faves for snacking, black cherry for cooking. Sweet aperitif i tried for the first time last year and ended up with tons of them. Tigerella i've never tried before...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:55
Don't tell Mrs Bf that, Simon!!

It did occur to me but I quite like the seed bit - even though at the moment I'm not brilliantly set up for it. Not exactly why we're moving but fingers crossed...

I think I will just plant a couple of seed tray's worth this week. I think I've identified a sunny spot inside that shouldn't cause too much of an issue. Once they become bigger, though, I need to hope for a warm spring so they can go into the coldframe early. My usual chosen spot when they're in individual 3" pots is the bedroom windowsill which may not go down brilliantly...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 09:55

Hmm, I really need to get my tomatoes started. Problem is, we're currently selling our house and my wife really doesn't like the idea of trays of compost lying around in our sunnier spots inside!!!

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 08:58
Thanks all! V helpful. Will definitely leave another month or so... Still haven't decided what varieties to try this year, after all.

Starting tomatoes indoors

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 19:07

So, when do people start their tomatoes from seed indoors? I generally put them in seed trays and leave them lying around inside - annoying mrs bf... I've got a coldframe outside but no greenhouse so I generally just use that for hardening off.

I waited till late March last year for sowing but I felt in hindsight that was too late and meant they missed out on a pretty warm spring - if they'd been further along, they could have gone out earlier. Last frost here in SE London was in January!

Reason I started them late though was because in 2013, I started them at the end of Jan and had to keep some pretty large seedings indoors until about mid-June as spring was so cold with lots of frosts! They were looking pretty unhealthy and light-starved - but took off and recovered well once outside.

So, maybe this year I split the difference and go for February!?

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