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Tomato seedlings - when/how pot up?

Posted by gardenmommy_2010 CA (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 14, 11 at 14:30

Well, I planted my tomato seeds 2 wks ago in their little styrafoam cups - between 5-10 per cup. Now, many of the seedlings are up w/ 2+ true leaves. Is now the time to separate them to their individual containers? Also, some of the cups have plants in varying stages of growth - some just popped up & some w/ true leaves. Should I give these another wk before potting up for little ones to grow before handling? I'm new to starting seeds so thanks for your help/advice!


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RE: Tomato seedlings - when/how pot up?

You can really do it anytime, just try and handle them carefully from their cotyledon (seedling leaves) and not the stems or true leaves. I do mine right after they get their first true leaves.

Here is a link that might be useful: potting up tomato seedlings (my blog with pictures)


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RE: Tomato seedlings - when/how pot up?

Thanks so much for your response. I was worried about the number of tomato plants I have in each cup but seeing your blog helped me figure out what/when to do the transplanting. I got 4" used containers from the local nursery, cleaned them out & will start transplanting the largest plants tomorrow! Thanks for the advice & the up close visuals & instructions!


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RE: Tomato seedlings - when/how pot up?

Glad you found it useful :) Best of luck.


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RE: Tomato seedlings - when/how pot up?

Tomatoes I start in used sixpacs, two seeds per cell. Usually both grow and I cut one off at soil level. When 3 or 4 inches high the cell will be well rooted and I slip the plant out without root disturbance and right into a salvaged four inch nursery pot. Al


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