I don't know about you but i'm crazy about tomatoes! I love them in salads, i cook with them, and i love growing them.
Growing them from seeds is easier than you think.
I like to start my seeds inside the house or in a green house, to improve their chances of growing to a healthy, productive adult plant.
Start your seeds in small germinating trays.
Fill your starting planters with moistened soil mix. Makes sure to water it before you sow your seeds.
Sow 2 to 3 seeds 1/4 inch deep in soil in each pot. Cover with soil an pat down lightly.
Store the containers in room of 70 to 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) until germination occurs. When the seeds germinate, move them into full sun or under grow lights.
Mist the seeds daily for the first 7 to 10 days. When you start to see sprouts, you can water less frequently. More plants are killed by too much water (that rots the roots) than too little water so water sparingly after the plants sprout.
You can also soak the seeds flat in water, so the roots are watered from the bottom up.
Once the plants sprout, they will grow pretty fast. Once they have grown 6 inches high ( 15 cm ) they are ready to be transplanted. You can plant them outdoors in your garden or your can transfer them to a bigger pot.
Harden off your plants. About a week before you plan to transfer your plants outdoors, you need to gradually adjust them to outdoor temperatures. Gradually expose the plants to the sun, starting in a partially shaded area and slowly extend the number of hours the plants stay outside each day. Start with an hour or less per day and gradually increase from there.
Place stakes or trellises next to the plants. This will give the plants a support to latch onto as they grow and makes it easier to pick the fruit from the vines. Be careful not to disturb the roots.
Harvest the fruit at its peak. Fruit should appear about 60 days after transplanting. Check the plants daily once they begin to ripen to ensure peak flavor. Gently twist the fruits and avoid pulling at the vine.