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Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 11:42

Here are my wee 'uns currently. Outside, under bubble wrap in a rare moment of sunshine:

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And you can see how pale they are from the lack of sunlight:

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Tomato seedlings

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:23

@ tattiana

Once germinated, they need light. Preferably sunlight, but as much bright light as they can get for at least 12-14 hours a day. You can take the cover off providing there's still reasonable warmth.

@ Dove

Ah, Jaune Flammée. Forgot I'd sent those. They're the gold French golf ball-sized ones. They'll likely be the quickest of the lot. Golden Queen is medium-size, obviously Soldaki and MP are beefsteaks. Start them all, see what happens. They're only seeds!

Here's Jaune Flamée. Lovely citrusy tang to them. They look like cherries in this photo, in reality they're a bit bigger, golf ball-sized:

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Dying Rockets

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 09:14

You don't need to change the soil at all, Mizzli. Rocket isn't the least bit fussy. If you're going to start again with it in a pot, I'd get a bigger pot. You'd be lucky to fit a couple of rocket plants in the one in the photo.

This is what you'll get from one seed:

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Dying Rockets

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 08:26

Yep. Or even less. A lot less. Rocket turns into a very leafy little plant. I thin plants out to 4-5" apart in a large pot. The plants in the photo were both killing each other for root space and looking for light.

One good thing about rocket. It doesn't need as much warmth as you'd think to germinate. Certainly less than most green leafy things. Doesn't need as much warmth to grow either. I regularly sow it outside in late autumn and early winter.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 07:58

Morning Dove! Happy - belated - New Year. It's still bizarrely chilly and grey and damp here for the time of year. We should already be comfortably into the teens C with plenty of sun.

I started my seeds about six weeks ago, as per usual, and everything germinated, as per usual. On dry days I put them out on the terrace in a crate wrapped in bubble wrap, but, at 7C and overcast, they're only puttering along. They're probably about a fortnight behind where they would usually be.

Heirlooms or hybrids, the only difference is the flavour. Growing circumstances are identical. If you're bothered about length of season, the only factor you need to take into account is their days to maturity. Both Anna Russian and Camp Joy (the cherry, I think I sent some, didn't I?) would be fine. They won't take any longer than your average hybrid.

The larger beefsteaks, which need longer, might be more problematic in a short season. I'd try some anyway. You don't know what summer will bring and what have you got to lose? I can always send more.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 07:42

That's probably as good as you can do under the circumstances. Just try to keep them as warm as possible.

Swiss chard

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 10:20

Mine comes back after winter every year but bolts as soon as it warms up. I grow from seed and have replacement plants ready.

Tomato seedlings

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 16:32

They're going to need light as much as warmth, RD, as much light as they can get. Preferably sunlight. The longer you can keep the temps in the low to mid teens the better. But light is the absolute key.

Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 18:25

Most beefsteaks are mid-late season varieties, Leggi. They need pretty decent growing seasons.

Favorite tomatoes

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 08:05

Leggi, good luck with the Pink Brandywines. Wonderful tomato. Just need heaps of growing time to maturity. Usually 80-90 days from planting out, and that's in optimum weather conditions.

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