This is my first year to raise tomatoes from seedlings. There was an effort, last year, that was abandoned due to poor planning. This year, I'm serious. I got out my grow light and my timer, and started my seeds about three weeks ago. Yesterday I transplanted my initial seedlings from small pots into these larger pots, which I had saved over the years of buying tomato and other plants from Horn Seeds.
Originally, I thought, why not just start the seedlings in the big pots and save myself the trouble of transplanting? Then I found several sources that suggested that the act of transplanting was actually beneficial to the plant - the shock strengthens them somehow.
I've got 2 or 3 plants each of:
I've got quite a variety of tomato plants - and I'm growing more transplants than will fit in my garden. I've got yellow, pink, red, orange, and purple/black. I've got cherry, paste, jumbo, and medium sized tomatoes. I'm very eager to see how they compare. And since they are all heirloom, I plan to save seeds from the best of them - another skill I want to learn this year.
All the seeds are from Baker Creek Rare Seeds; some are from prior years and some I ordered this year. My old seeds I keep in a crisper double-bagged inside two plastic bags. I was pleased that all the old seeds (from 2 years ago) sprouted, especially since I gave quite a few of those seeds away to friends at various seed swaps. Wouldn't want to be giving away sub-par performers!
April 15th is our traditional tomato planting date. I wonder how large my tomato babies will be by then?