A ripe tomato is a perfect accompaniment to any delicious dinner. In addition, it is an incredibly healthy vegetable – it contains many essential substances for humans.
When to plant tomato seedlings – dates
Some gardeners sow seedlings already in February, while others – wait for March or even April. In fact, the sowing period depends on where and how you will grow tomatoes later.
If you plan to use a greenhouse, then the middle of March is the ideal time to sow. Open ground for growing tomatoes is chosen by those who plant tomatoes for seedlings in late March to mid-April. Be guided by the timing of planting – the seedlings should be 50-60 days old at the time of planting.
Favorable days for planting tomato seedlings in the greenhouse: April 25 – 26, 1 – 15, and May 31.
Favorable days for planting tomato seedlings in the open field: 1-15, 31 May, and 1-12 June.
What tomatoes can be grown in
Tomato – a vegetable that is not afraid of transplanting, so you can safely plant them in boxes, and then sprout them in cups. As for the soil, it is ideal to mix peat and humus in a proportion of 2:1. Additionally, you can add sand and fertilizer, and sow the seeds to a depth of 1-2 cm.
What to do if the seedlings stretch out
Sometimes with future crops, there is such a problem – the sprouts stretch out and remain in this position. The problem can be corrected in two ways:
Adjust the temperature. The optimal mode for planting tomatoes is 18 -19 ° C. If the room is too hot, the seedlings will stretch out. The problem can be solved by airing the dwelling.
Increase the amount of light. If tomatoes do not get enough sunlight, then flowering will be delayed and fruiting will deteriorate. So buy a photo lamp and illuminate the seedlings 12 hours a day.
A useful tip: Not always tomato varieties require seedlings – some can be planted in the open field after April 20. This applies only to early varieties, the seeds of which should be in warm wells. If these are not available, before sowing, cover the soil with a black cloth to warm it up.
Such a crop will ripen two weeks later than others, but it will be strong and prolific.
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