Growing a tomato plant from tomato seeds is not only cost effective but also yields healthy, tasty, and fresh produce. On top of that, it is also a really cool project!
How to Grow a Tomato Plant from Seeds
Growing a tomato plant from seeds is really easy! Just follow these 5 steps below:
Planting seeds from fresh tomatoes is no harder than planting store-bought seeds! If you choose to plant fresh tomato seeds, just soak them for 14 hours in tepid water. Dry them on a paper towel and plan to plant them within seven days.
Water the soil before planting, and then plant the seeds 1cm underneath it. You should plant only two or three seeds in each small pot.
Let the seeds sit in a warm spot, but out of direct sun, for about a week to allow germination to begin. During that period, water them every three days.
Check the pots daily for sprouts. When you see tiny plants appear, start watering them as per the above image and place them directly under the sun. The first day they should get about three hours of direct sun. Increase the amount of sunlight by 10 minutes each day until the plants get six hours of sunlight daily. Gradually exposing tomato plants to the sun prevents sun damage.
Here are mine at this stage:
Check the soil every day to make sure it stays damp. If the soil feels dry, give each seedling water. If you neglect to water the seeds, the plants will die. Too much water is bad for the plants so be sure the pots are draining well.
When a seedling grows to 7-8 cm tall and has four or more leaves, transfer it to a larger pot. Select a pot with sufficient drainage holes.
Then, transfer the plant outside when the weather is mild. Place it in the ground in full sun and put a tomato cage over it. This will support the fruit as the plant grows larger. Alternatively, you can grow tomato plants in large containers. It’s a good idea to plant marigolds or herbs like basil or borage nearby to keep pests away from the tomato plants.
And that’s it! You have your own tomato plant. Simple, right? Give it a try as well, and let me know in the comments how it went!
PS: If you live in Malta, you can also buy a tomato plant kit at Flying Tiger for 1 euro:
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