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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.


Quick Reference Guide

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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