Complete Guide to Starting Tomatoes Indoors: Germination to Transplanting - The Rusted Garden 2013

welcome to the rest of garden today I'm

going to show you the entire process for

planting tomatoes indoors from getting

them into your C trays to getting them

into your transplant cups and I have

tomatoes that have been growing for a

different amounts of time so you can

just see the whole process these are my

tomato seeds that I collect from my

garden I also sell these you can find

them on my blog and I'm going to start

well I'm going to use Kentucky orange

for the example today this is a seed

cell that I've already pre moistened and

pre-packed and you can see how to do

that on other videos quickly you can

save your cells from your other plants

that you buy and the bigger space that

you have the more room you have a root

growth and root growth of the tomatoes

and that you know allows you to keep the

tomato in these containers longer but

most of the seed starting cells look

like this you can grow your tomatoes in

here for about four to five weeks and

four to five weeks will look like that

and then you have to get them out this

is the process that I use always put in

two to three seeds even if you don't

need all those plants you don't want to

be sitting around waiting for our seeds

to germinate and they don't germinate

this gives you better odds and I put

them all just into the corner one two

three one two and three and of course I

would do that whole area get the ones I

spilled once they're in the seed cell I

push them down about a quarter of an


put some starting mix on top break a

popsicle stick put on the date three

three put on some initials ko Kentucky

orange and then it would go in there

once your seeds are in the starting mix

between five and ten days you will get

your your seeds will germinate and

sprout this is a borghese tomato I

planted it on 224 and you can see that

they have sprouted tomato seeds will

sprout at different times but if they

don't sprout by sprout by the tenth day

than something happened with germination

so after a week you'll have your

seedlings coming up and you want to make

sure if you're using fluorescent lights

I talked about this often is you want

the light to be one to two inches above

your tomato seedlings or they will get

Lugg leggy and that leggy process is

when the stems get really long and the

plant sort of droop over another trick

you can use as if it's warm out about 40

degrees and sunny when your tomatoes

first germinate they're protected

against the Sun put this outside in the

full Sun like this for an hour to let

them feel what the Sun feels like and

that will help them establish if your

Tomatoes stay indoors and don't see the

Sun these are tomatoes have been grown

about five weeks they don't have

resistance against the Sun so if you put

them out in full Sun you would actually

burn the leaves so you have to acclimate

these Tomatoes slowly to the outdoors

over a week process so you get your

seedlings in about a week in four to

five weeks you will have tomatoes that

look like this and they're pretty good

pretty sturdy but you're going to need

to move them out of these cells let's

start with these and in two cups I use

styrofoam cups which aren't the most

green resource that you could use but

they work they're inexpensive I like

that you can write on them you can track

what your Tomatoes are and I do recycle

them year after year make sure you poke

holes in your cups and then you'll

notice in here I have tomatoes that have

just a single plant they have two plants

if all your tomato seeds come up I would

recommend thinning them down to one

plant it just makes transplanting easier

if to come up you can unthread them but

you do run the risk the more damage that

you do to the roots the greater risk you

have of transplant shock so all you do

is pinch out from the bottom gently a

plug and you can see the roots get your

cup your starting mix and I make a big

circle this mix is pre-moistened drop in

your tomato bury it a little bit above

where the starting mix level was so that

you are covering some of the root look

press it in and that's your transplant

they should grow in here indoors for a

week to let them get over any kind of

transplant shock and then they'll spend

another week getting acclimated to the

outdoors move that out of the way if you

have two plans you can gently break the

roots apart and separate them but be

careful to plants usually can get away

with and they don't have any transplant

shock so make sure I'm putting the right

using the right container so if you have

to separate to do the same process

gently pull them apart make the hole

deep enough so that you can put the

whole length of the root in like this

and then backfill around it you want the

roots spaced out and you can do that by

collapsing the circle the hole you made

and you want to fill it up

pack it in gently this one I'll do in a

bit let's move that now here you can see

a large tomato that's doing very well a

small tomato I'm just going to get rid

of that and plant that and over here

this is where it gets tricky there are 3

Tomatoes and when you have 3 Tomatoes

the roots really intertwine you can try

to break it apart by tapping the root

ball and then unthreading the plants now

these three plants are going to be more

susceptible to transplant shock than if

you just put a single plan in or you

break two apart but that process is the

same - it's up to you but keep in mind

how many tomatoes do you really need in

your garden again make a hole pretty

deep drop the roots in vary some of the

stem collapse the earth around them put

in some more press them in and your

tomatoes have been transplanted into

crops or containers they'll need to grow

in those containers for about a week so

that they can form stronger roots get

over the transplant shock and then they

have to be acclimated to the outdoors

this year I'm using a shelving or a

shelf greenhouse unit to keep my plants

um in first is just sitting them outside

but the acclimation process is basically

giving them low doses of Sun for about a

week until they sort of toughen up and

can handle it once this is filled with

my transplants I water from the bottom

in twenty or thirty minutes whatever

waters not absorbed I pull out and then

user will just go into my grill closet I

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