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Tomatoes From Seed -- is April 10 Too Late?

Posted by plantinellen 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 15:17

Hello! We are in Florida right now on some extended family business that is going to keep us here through the 7th of April. I always like to start most of my tomatoes from seed so I can plant hard-to-find heirlooms, but we're stuck here during the time I usually get my seeds started. Do you think my 'maters will do okay in mid-Michigan if I plant the seeds by April 10? I seem to recall my late aunt -- a master gardener before there were such things -- advising me that even late-planted tomatoes will catch up to store-bought plants if the weather is right. (I'll add that we drive a Prius, so plant shopping here to take back up north is NOT an option!) Thanks for your advice.

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RE: Tomatoes From Seed -- is April 10 Too Late?

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 20, 12 at 8:42

I would go ahead and try it. I have mine going right now and since the days are so mild, I put them out during the day and bring them in at night. Even if they're small when planted out you can cover them with a frost blanket if you think there will be a late frost.

RE: Tomatoes From Seed -- is April 10 Too Late?

Back in the day, my mother would start tomatoes from seed outside the last week of May and always had nice crop. You'll be fine.


RE: Tomatoes From Seed -- is April 10 Too Late?

If you have a place to grow them that will let them have good growing conditions and your weather is good they should be fine. I always start mine from seed in the greenhouse the last week of April to be set out after the first week of June and I have good sized plants to set out. We always have a good crop of tomatoes

RE: Tomatoes From Seed -- is April 10 Too Late?

i just started mine yesterday..a but later than most years...they get very tall by the time I plant them out in early June. And I notice that if I do start a few later they catch up once they are outside..Martha zucchini

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