Tomato Germination Information

Tomato Seed Germination How to Sow Tomato:

  • Best sown indoors, 5-7 weeks before last frost, at alternating temperatures of 68 to 86°
  • Sow at a depth of 4X the size of the seed
  • Expect germination in 7-14 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring and in a warm soil
  • Outdoors, sow at the same depth as indoors

How to Grow Tomato:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves and when nights are above 55°

Spacing: When planting out, plant the seedlings 2 inches deeper than the soil line. Space 11/2- 2 feet apart if staked and 4-5 feet apart if allowed to sprawl on the ground

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in in a rich, fertile, deep, moist, well-drained garden soil.

Additional Care: For the best quality fruit: keep plants well watered and mulched, grow on a support system (stake or trellis), and fertilize prior to planting and again lightly every month.

Appearance and Use:

Grown for its red, orange, or yellow, rounded, oblong, or pear-shaped fruits that come in a variety of sizes. The plant is a frost-tender perennial that is grown as an annual. The determinate types are compact and bushier, from 12-24 inches tall. They stop growing and producing fruit when they reach their inherent size. The indeterminate types are vines that will keep growing and producing fruit until they are killed by frost. The fruit is best picked when red and juicy, however, they may be picked green and allowed to ripen indoors. Harvest regularly to keep the vine producing fruit


About Tomato:
Botanical name: Lycopersicon esculentum
Pronunciation:  li-ko-per’si-kon es-ku-len’tum
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Solanaceae; native to South America