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Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

Posted by livelovelaugh2010 7 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 16, 12 at 22:04

I have Beefmaster and Brandywine seedlings growing. They are about a month old. My My Beemasters are all working on their second set of true leaves and my Brandywine are working on their first.

I've read a few places that once they get their first true leaves, to start fertilizing with weak solutions. But I can't find info on which fertilizer is best for young seedlings and what dilution I should be using.

Any suggestions?


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RE: Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

I like fish emulsion -- easy to use and doesn't stink too bad. You can just dilute it about twice the suggested dilution for mature plants. Neptune's Harvest is good stuff.


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RE: Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

@elisa

Thanks, I had thought about using fish emulsion but I'm worried about the smell since the seedlings are in my house. I don't want my cat getting too curious :/


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RE: Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

I don't fertilize seedlings until I put them in the ground. Most germination mixes contain enough nutrients for the six to eight weeks they are in them. More is not better than enough.


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RE: Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

If you really think they need to be fed then you can use any fertilizer you want. There is no one perfect brand. Just make sure you dilute it to 1/4 to 1/2 strength.

But as mentioned above, seedlings don't usually require feeding. It depends on old old they are, their overall health, what mix they are growing in, how long before they can go into the ground, etc.

Dave


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RE: Fertilizer for tomato seedlings

I like to use diluted Neptunes Harvest - a combo of fish and seaweed. The aroma only lasts a short time and my cats haven't bothered it.
Keski


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