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How to properly care for tomato seedlings at home

Experienced gardeners have long noted that when growing tomatoes from seedlings, the yield and immunity of plants are significantly higher than when they are sown directly on open beds. Growing seedlings at home will not be difficult if you adhere to certain requirements and take care of them properly.

The correct timing of sowing tomato seeds

Correctly sowing time will be the key to good growth of the bush and its abundant fruiting. Sow seeds for seedlings 55-60 days before planting seedlings in open ground.

In different regions, landing periods depend on climatic conditions. For example:

  • in Ukraine and southern Russia, sowing must be performed from February 15 to 20;
  • in the center of Russia - March 15 - 20;
  • on the North of Russia - from April 1 to 15.

Seed preparation

Before planting, it is necessary to select the seeds of tomatoes.
First of all, you need to select suitable for planting tomato seeds.

For this you need soak them in salt solution for 10 minutes. Remove seeds that float to the surface, as they are not suitable for sowing. Watered down and sanitized in a 1% solution of potassium permanganate, dropping the seeds in a cloth for 10 minutes.

Watch the time carefully so that you do not overdo the seed in solution, as this will reduce germination.

Disinfected seeds should be soaked in a growth promoter for better germination. After that, carry out the hardening procedure by placing them in a tissue pouch in the fridge for a day. Hardened seeds warm for 8 hours at a temperature +21 degrees.

Soil preparation

Mix soil in the garden in equal parts with sifted river sand, peat or humus and add ash to normalize the level of acidity. Ready ground must be sanitized in order to prevent diseases.

Soil disinfection can be done with manganese solution.

This can be done in two ways:

  1. Well pour the soil with a hot solution of strong manganese;
  2. Warm up the soil in the oven for 15-20 minutes at a temperature of 190-210 degrees.

Sowing seeds at home

Prepare the prepared soil in containers, smooth it well. Sow seeds in the grooves depth 0.5-0.7 cm on distance 2.5 cm from each other. Sprinkle with a thin layer of earth, moisten with a spray bottle and cover with polyethylene.

Move container to a dark room with temperature. + 27 + 28 degrees. Polyethylene must be opened during this time to give the seeds access to oxygen. Moisten the soil as needed. When the first germs of polyethylene appear, remove and transfer the container to a well-lit room.

Room humidity should be at least 80%. To do this, in the room put water next to the battery.

The temperature in the room the first week should be in the afternoon + 13 + 15 degrees, at night + 8 + 10 degrees. On the second week, the temperature is increased by 4 degrees during the day and at night.

Lighting

After sprouting the container is placed on the sunniest window sill.

After the emergence of seedlings, special attention should be paid to lighting and care. Container with sprouts should be placed on the lighted windowsill.

In case of insufficient lighting, seedlings are recommended to create an additional round-the-clock backlight for the first three days. This can be done with the help of fluorescent lights. In the future, the duration of the day should be not less than 16 hours.

Watering

Watering must be done Once a day with a spray bottle. Watering of watering can not be that the stream of water does not damage the still weak root system.

Water should be at room temperature. Watering should be moderate, since excess moisture will lead to fungal diseases.

Top dressing

The first feeding is necessary to produce 14 days after the first shoots. In the future feeding to make every week.

Best of all, fermented mullein or chicken droppings are suitable for tomatoes. You can also use ashes, crushed eggshells, and an infusion of onion peels. Fertilizer should be applied after watering in the morning or evening. Fertilizers are applied to the root zone.

Dive seedlings

Dive of tomato seedlings is made after the appearance of 2 leaves

If the seeds were sown densely, then the first pick should be performed. 10 days after the first shoots. Seedlings are planted very carefully, as transplanting plants that have not yet become strong is very destructive for them.

Replant seedlings in peat tablets or plastic cups with a capacity of 200 grams.

The following transplant must be performed if available on seedlings two sheets. Replace it is necessary in pots with a capacity of 1 liter. This should be done carefully, removing the seedlings from the glass along with the ground, so as not to damage the still weak root system. After transplanting seedlings must be watered with a spray bottle.

Nip

Perform the pinching procedure so that the stepchildren do not slow down the growth of the main stem. It is necessary to remove them until until they grew to 5 cm. This procedure will be painless for the plant.

After transplanting is recommended pinch and stalk itself. Then all power will be directed towards the fruits. For tall varieties, pinching in two stalks is recommended.

At the same time, in addition to the main trunk, one more stepchild is left, who will subsequently be the second stem. With this kind of pinching to ripen the fruit will be slower, but the yield will increase significantly.

Pinching seedlings

Hardening

After appearing on seedlings three sheets it needs to be hardened. This will help seedlings to better adapt to weather changes and improve immunity to disease.

In the first days of hardening in the room for 20 minutes open the window. It is necessary to ensure that there are no drafts, and the cold air flow was not directed at the seedlings.

Subsequent days, the seedlings are carried out to the open air at first for 2 hours, then the time is increased to a full day light. Two days before planting, seedlings are left outside for a day.

Signs of excellence healthy seedlings

  • height 30-35 cm;
  • thick sturdy stem;
  • Availability 10-12 sheets;
  • leaf color is dark green;
  • formed inflorescences.
Thick stem and the presence of 10-12 leaves - signs of healthy tomato seedlings

Common mistakes when growing seedlings

  • the unsuitability of seeds for growing seedlings (not selected);
  • improperly prepared soil (heavy soil or not disinfected);
  • non-compliance with the temperature regime;
  • lack of lighting (excessive stretching of the seedlings);
  • early terms of sowing seeds;
  • lack or excess of moisture;
  • no hardening;
  • untimely transplant of seedlings.
Seedlings should be planted in the ground when the frosts have passed, then it will be possible to successfully preserve it.

By the time of planting, the age of the seedlings should be 55-60 days. Perederzhivat seedlings is not recommended, as this will significantly reduce the harvest. Depending on the region, the landing is carried out from the beginning of May to the middle of June.

Compliance with these recommendations is the key to growing healthy, robust seedlings and obtaining high yields.