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Mark W.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:48 am    Post subject: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

How many weeks before transplanting should tomatoes be started indoors? I live in NW PA and we usually can't plant a garden until mid to late May.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I always figured 4-6 weeks. Been awhile since I started my own but that is what I remember.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:03 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To get a crop earlier in this short season climate[central NY] my wife will push that up to 10 weeks!! The plants are monsters when she finally plants them in the garden. They can't take any wind, and she has to support them right away, as they haven't had much chance to harden off. She does start them inside, then moves them to a little green house, then monitors them constantly for temp and water. Moves them in and out, etc. I'm getting tired just writing about it!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We used to start 2,000 each year, and planted them with a transplanter. So 6-8 weeks would work for us. If the plants get too tall when planting by hand, you can plant them in a trench, and cover all but top 4 branches . All buried branches become roots
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:48 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Kim Lund is our resident tomato expert, I'd like to hear from her...
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When I tried starting them years ago at the time frame you say they were not yet big enough to handle.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:53 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

About 8 weeks here.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:58 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Under proper conditions it takes 6 weeks to grow tomato transplants.
5 weeks in the greenhouse and 1 week hardening off.
If you force them faster than that they will be leggy.


In a home garden setting you might allow 8 weeks to transplant date.
We are starting seeds in about a week or so for beginning of march planting in the garden.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We start all seedlings in sunroom in house about mid March. Usually the first week in April we transfer them to greenhouse. Past year we planted some about second week in May and didn't have a frost. If they got frosted off, we had extra. Instead we gave away our extra tomatoes.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I figured about the first week of February. I would take my tomato seeds, sprinkle them in a small plate, add just enough warm water to moisten the seeds, then stretch Saran wrap over the top of the plate, and set it on a small table in front of a south window. Don't over water the seeds, and do not let them dry out either. Within a couple of weeks the seeds sprout and become little plants, remove the plastic, but continue to keep them watered. You end up with nice little plants living in a plate for several weeks until they can be transplanted into trays or peat pots. Very cool, they live off the nutrients in the water, so make sure you use untreated well water.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:13 am    Post subject: Re: Tomato Seedlings Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This is Kim Lund
^4-6 weeks before the last frost date is the best time. I do mine on March 15th for resale, but I also have a small greenhouse that I heat. So find out what Sone you are in, then find your last frost date and go anywhere from 4-6 weeks from there.
Best way is to have a heat matt and overhead lights.
 
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