Sowing outdoor tomatoes

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Sowing outdoor tomatoes

Postby Primrose » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:07 pm

Has anybody started sowing their outdoor tomato seeds yet?
Every year I still seem to have sowed them too early and end up having to protect them.
When is the earliest date to be safe?
Sowing on a wide indoor widow sill so warmer than a greenhouse.
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Re: Sowing outdoor tomatoes

Postby retropants » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:08 pm

yes, I have them in 3" pots in the greenhouse for now (on a heated propogator with no lid). I am trying to collect enough 5L water bottles to use as cloches for when they do go out.
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Re: Sowing outdoor tomatoes

Postby Primrose » Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:04 pm

Yes those square bottles with the bases chopped off make really good protective cloches. I just slip one over each stake when its cold and on the warm days they can just be slid up the stake just far enough & down again to rest between the stake and the plant. However it's a bother storing the 30 I've accumulated over time. I've tied a string loop round each neck, and hang them from a bamboo cane clipped horizontally onto the wall of my potting shed area which at least keeps them out of the way..
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Re: Sowing outdoor tomatoes

Postby sally wright » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:14 pm

Around 8 weeks before you plan to put them out is my usual rule of thumb. I prick out into a 3 inch pot and then into a 5 inch pot (with cane if needed) before planting out. Planted deeply when they are put into the ground they won't flop around too much.
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Re: Sowing outdoor tomatoes

Postby lauraM » Sun Apr 18, 2021 8:09 pm

Thank you guys for all the tips, really useful for beginner like me ;)
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