Too Late For Tomatoes From Seed?

plantinellen(5)March 22, 2012

I am out of state on family business and haven't been able to start my in-house tomato planting the way I normally do in the latter half of March. Am I pushing it by planting tomatoes from seed April 10th-ish (when we return home)? I like having a variety of tomatoes in my garden, and you just can't find a lot of diversity in nursery-grown tomato plants.

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Coconut_Head(5b)

Zone 5 is it? I think you will be fine, Most of the seeds I plant say 4-6 weeks prior to planting out, so you should probably be right in the correct timeframe there. I am assuming you plant out in late may?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 2:43PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

No problem at all IMO. You should still be able to plant out at your normal time. They just may be a bit smaller transplants but they will quickly catch up once transplanted. The worst that could happen is that you first fruit set may be a little delayed depending on the weather.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 4:03PM
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ejacqui

IMO it's not "too late" for tomatoes from seed until you get into May/June! You may end up planting out smaller plants, but that's no big deal. Better than nothing, right?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 4:05PM
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Bruce123(7)

I have direct seeded tomatoes with success in early June in zone 7. I usually set out plants about May 1st, so any head start you can give inside should be fine.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 4:26PM
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keski(6)

I am in zone 6 and haven't started my mater seeds yet. Last year I did start in March and they got a bit bigger than I wanted before I could plant them, so I am waiting until this weekend to start. One thing I do is presprout the seeds. They germinate very quickly and you can save time by doing that. I put the seeds on a damp paper towel inside a plastic baggie. Maters sprout within a couple days or so.
Keski

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 7:31AM
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