Re: [tomato] Tomato Digest V1 #160

Byron.Bromley (
Wed, 3 Mar 1999 12:41:37 -0500

Another advantage to starting seeds in smaller pot.
I use a speed tray system and I start tomatoes and
peppers on a heat mat. Using this system, I can start
200 seeds on 1 10x20 heat mat at one time. This reduced
my seed starting medium from 128 qts to 16 qts.


Subject: Re: [tomato] Tomato Digest V1 #160
Date: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 9:10 AM

One advantage is that when you transplant, you can set the seedling a bit
deeper in the next pot, which makes for a stronger root system. This is
because tomatoes have those little hairs along the stem (look closely,
see them!) Those hairs will sprout into roots if they get buried under
This transplant method works especially well if you find that light levels
weren't sufficient and your seedlings are a bit spindly. Happy gardening!

> >>2. Seed manuals and yourself mention that after true leaves appear, it
>  time to put them into bigger pots, such as 4" pots.  Other than shelf
>  space,
>  is there any reason why seeds should be started in small containers and
>  then
>  transplanted to larger ones?