Most individuals that enjoy gardening know that growing heirloom tomatoes by seeds is far more better than store bought plants. The reason is because of the growth results of the plant itself at maturity. Most store bought plants will eventually become stunted in growth, if they are not already in that phase. When starting your own seedlings, you can predict its growth and productivity to be successful.
Growing Heirloom Tomatoes by seeds is extremely easy to do. Some varieties of tomato seeds have been known to sprout out in as little as 3 days and Heirloom Tomatoes are just one of them. All they need is the proper care to mature and maintain a productive lifespan.
There are many ways to start growing Heirloom Tomatoes by seeds. Some people prefer starting in “Flats.” While others prefer containers like pea-pots or “Dixie” cups. Pea-pots are recommended because not only it hold moisture but they are far more biodegradable when placed in the ground in the long run.
The best type of potting soil to use for this would be “Baccto” or one similar to that brand. The reason why I say this is because the soil is not chunky with mulch. It’s perfect for starting out seeds. You don’t want to use a soil that high in fertilizer when first starting out because it might damage the seeds. Seeds only need a semi-fine granular type of potting soil with proper watering to grow.
Some people like to cover their freshly planted seeds with a paper towel or cotton cloth. It helps prevent the seeds from moving around when watering. If you have a “Turkey Baster” or a dropper, you can usually get away with covering them if you water slowly to prevent the shifting.
The right temperature and the proper lighting is needed in-order for your Heirlooms to grow. It’s the same for all types of seeds. It’s recommended that you keep the temperature somewhere in the middle 80s. You can easily do this by using an artificial light with an inside thermometer placed close by. A small lamp like a desk lamp works excellent. It’s good to rotate your containers or “Flat” at least once a day. Sunlight isn’t needed at this time at grow. Actually it is best to start growing them indoors if you can provide the space because you can monitor the temperature at a constant level.
Now you have a pretty good idea on how to grow your very own Heirloom Tomato seeds, it’s time to start planting. Grab your pot or “Flat” and fill it up with potting soil. You don’t want to fill it up completely, just about three quarters of the way. Now pack the soil down with your hands or a wooden block until the soil is compacted. This will help prevent the seeds from moving when the second layer of soil it placed. Now take your seeds and place them on top and make sure that they are separated from each other. Sprinkle a little soil over the top. Just enough to cover them. Then pack the soil down gently. Water them until the soil is completely wet but not saturated. If saturated, it could rot the seeds. Place under a light and watch them grow. It could be a few days before this happens but it will and don’t forget to rotate.
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