Re: [tomato] Tomatoes Starting from seeds

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 11:01:49 -0700

At 12:43 PM 3/4/99 -0500, you wrote:
>One thing Maragret failed to mention in Kay's studies.
>Is she comparing direct seed start, to the 1" x 1 1/2" six pack trays
>where the plants are 3 in tall and the roots a hopelssly pot bound.?
>Then she is probably right esp with a fast growing variety.
>For those who must buy transplants, here is a little tip. Get them as
>soon as they are available, Transplant in to a least a 4" deep pot.
>You will have a bigger transplant.
>My personal method, is to seed start in speed tray's, as soon as
>the seedling is erect, I transplant into 3 1/2 dia by 4" deep newspaper
>pots. This gives me 12 to 16 in transplant, and by using newspaper
>I have no root trauma at transplanting. About a 45 day growth.
>My transplants seem to take hold in about 3 days, unless we get 
>some bad weather.
>I don't think a new seed has a chance of catching up with this.
I don't think a tomato transplant has "taken hold" until it changes color.