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Tomato Seeds

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Question: 495-1011
I have started Tomato Seeds in dixie cups. They have already sprouted. I must have ten seedlings per cup. What is my next step.? Should I thin them out? Roy, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
It may have been easier to start them in trays. I do not like to throw away any plants. Tap the cups and lay the contents on their sides, when they are about four inches high with at least five leaves. Remove the seedlings very gently from the soil. Pretend your fingers are tweezers and place them in four inch peat pots. A soil mix of a third sand and good potting soil will do nicely. Mist them every day for a week in a south facing window or under grow lights for 12 hours. You can plant outdoors about May 15th.

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Question: 906-1113
I recently planted my tomato seeds, (ananas noir) and they have purple streaks in the leaves. I read that this is due to phosphorus deficiency. What can I do to fix this? Reid, Minneapolis, MN

Mort's Answer:
Do not use liquid fertilizer at this point. Most liquids have too much nitrogen in proportion to the phosphorus. You need to add some bonemeal to the top of the soil in about a month. You are ahead of schedule to have your plants outdoors come June. Folks in zone 4 should wait until mid June to plant outdoors. That means that you could have started your heat-loving tomatoes at the end of or mid April. High amounts of sunlight will slow the process.

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Question: 1283-3015
This spring I planted my tomato seeds on time. When they were ready to put outside it was too cold. I did as you suggested. I brought them outdoors during the warmer days. Fortunately, I had casters under the large pots. It worked like a charm. The best year yet. I have had tomatoes since July 4th. Thank you. Francis, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
Many plants can be hardened by tempering their growth. Colder temps cause smaller cell growth. This can be done in the fall with Christmas Cactus to help set the buds. You can never allow the plant to endure freezing weather but you can tease them at times. Some plants like dahlias will do better if allowed to stay out through the first frost in the fall. Because the ground temps are warmer in the fall than the air, the roots are stimulated for next year. Greenhouse growers employ these measures all the time as well as tricking the sunlight.

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