Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 3, 2021 21:08:58 GMT -5
What I usually do is soak them overnight - around 10 hours, before I start draining, rinsing, and planting them. The site I looked at for soaking the tomato seeds in H202 said 10-12 hours in a solution of 1 oz 3% to quart of water.
desertwoman, I get in a rut at times, planting the same tomatoes to 2-3 years in a row, then may add a few new ones just to trial. soooo many times I'm not impressed with many of the new(er) ones. This year my returning tomatoes are: Dana's Dusky Rose (another fave) Purple Morado di Fitero Red Olive Hill (one of my faves) Pink Owen's Purple (another fave) Purple Pervaya Lyubov (early and sweet, smaller) Pink Stump of the World Red
Returning from years past: Purple Dog Creek (my largest ever tomato at 39 oz.) Aussie (neighbor's fave) Opalka
New for 2021 Cuore Antico di Acqui Terme (a heart) Cherokee Carbon (hybrid?) Rosedale
Leave Room in Your Garden for Angels to Dance.
OGer since March 2003.
Colorado Zone 5
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 5, 2021 17:04:34 GMT -5
My tomato seeds are all planted now - the latest I ever planted them, but the last time o seasons they grew too fast indoors - I lucked out in 2019, when I put them out earlier than ever, but last season there was a cold first week in May, which messed up a few of my plants. I didn't even do a few to put in Wall-o-waters - I'm waiting to see if that "42 day tomato" is really what it says! That will be early enough for me.
Post by Wheelgarden on Apr 5, 2021 20:56:06 GMT -5
I've planted tomatoes in the garden as early as early April and even late March, but as far a fruiting goes they're so daylength-dependent it never made much of a difference...same with peppers. Just my experience in my climate.
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 5, 2021 21:22:52 GMT -5
Wheelgarden I never really thought about length of day in regards to my tomatoes and peppers, but I guess because I could never really plant early enough that they would be maturing much before the longest day, around 6-21, which is about when I can get my first ripe tomatoes in Wall-o-waters. I would start them 2 weeks early, plant about 2 weeks early in the WOWs, and get the tomatoes about 2 weeks early. Down in your area I guess the days could be shorter when you put them out early - is that the problem?
Post by desertwoman on Apr 8, 2021 22:20:16 GMT -5
I soaked all my tomato seeds in H2O2 on Saturday night, rinsed and placed them on damp paper towel Sunday AM. Seeds sprouted roots on Tuesday and Wednesday and got planted in their cells- 4 Cherokee purple and 4 Indian Stripe. First Cherokee purple popped up out of the seed starter mix by late afternoon today (Thursday).
They sit in my 6'x8' greenhouse all day and come in at night.
Northern New Mexico Zone 6b (formerly Zone 5) Posting since 2005
All 120 tomatoes got more soil added to their cups yesterday. Now they are buried up to their little chins. When potting up I only fill the cup 1/2 and add more as they grow for stronger roots/stems. They are not going outside for a couple more weeks.
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 9, 2021 8:57:09 GMT -5
Four more varieties of tomatoes came up overnight - Kustengold, Golden Buddha, LA All Season, and Marizol. Seems there is always something that doesn't come up, with all these varieties of peppers and tomatoes I have, and I just fill those with other seedlings - just haven't decided what I want more of yet!
Post by pepperhead212 on Apr 10, 2021 10:04:28 GMT -5
Many more tomatoes came up overnight - most varieties up now. The soaking solutions didn't seem to make a difference - a few in the saltpeter came up a little earlier, but not as much of a difference as it makes with the peppers.
Post by centralilrookie on Apr 11, 2021 22:27:34 GMT -5
Mumsey,I caught your post that you cut down the cups, so I’m guessing that you are now surface watering your tomato plants? I really like your idea of burying the plants deeper to encourage root development!
Never had a problem with germinating tomato seeds. Is there a particular reason for soaking them? Perhaps old seed could use it. I have had trouble with spinach and that fanastically helped. Pepperes all came through but next year maybe I would try this method.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
lilolpeapicker , I always thought soaking was to make them germinate faster, never really tried it myself. I use 1020 flats full of Jiffy organic mix placed in trays that hold water and set those on heat mats. For some reason, I have a feeling this year's seeds are not as viable as previous years, just not seeing those high germination rates as in the past.