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Growing tomatoes quick reference guide



Growing tomatoes Guide

The growing tomatoes quick reference guide below is designed as a quick overview of growing tomatoes. For more details on the different stages from seed to harvest go to the related pages link.

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Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Tomato
Also Known As
Botanical Family - Solanaceae, Genus - Solanum, Species - S. lycopersicum
Plant Type Warm season - tender perennial - fruiting vegetable
Frost Tolerance Tender
Planting Position Grow in full sun - Requires at least 8-10 hours of direct sunlight daily.
Seed Viability 4 years
Germination 5-14 days at 60-90 F (16-32 C)
Growing Temp 70-95 F (21-35 C)
Seed to Transplant 5 - 7 weeks
Planting Method Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring
Time to Plant Wait until at least 1-2 weeks after the last average 32 F (0 C) freeze in your area but not before soil temperature are consistently 60 F (16 C) or above.
Seed Sowing Sow seeds indoors only
Plant Spacing Determinates 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in rows 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) apart. Staked indeterminates 18-24 inches (45-60 cm) apart in rows 3-4 feet (90-120 cm) apart. Trellised indeterminates 24-36 inches (60-90 cm) apart in rows 4-6 feet (120-150 cm) apart.
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Rich fertility
Fertilizer High fertilizer needs, 5-6 quarts per 100 sq feet (5.5-6.6 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer icon, same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before planting - use liquid starter fertilizer at time of transplanting - side-dress when the first fruit are set - repeat every 2-3 weeks until the last fruit set.
Days to Harvest 60-100 days - depending on conditions and variety.
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