How To Grow Tomatoes From Seeds!
Monthly Holidays
January  /  February
March  /  April  /  May
June  /  July  /  August
September  /  October
November  /  December

Food Holidays
January  /  February
March  /  April  /  May
June  /  July  /  August
September  /  October
November  /  December

Types of Holidays
Federal Holidays
Hallmark Holidays
International Observ
Major Holidays
Movable Holidays
Nationwide Observ
Proclamation Holidays
State Holidays
Types of Holidays
Unofficial Holidays

Holiday Categories
Animal Holidays
Career Holidays
Craft&Hobby Holidays
Dance Holidays
Drink Holidays
Food Holidays
Fruit Holidays
Game Holidays
Garden Holidays
Health Awareness
Literature Holidays
Personality Holidays
Romantic Holidays
Spooky Holidays
Supernatural Holidays
Weird Holidays

Calendar Related
Birthdays
Horoscope
Astronomy
Gardening
Herbs
Healing
Full Moon Day  

Popular Holidays
Easter
Christmas
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Thanksgiving
Valentines Day
St. Patrick's Day
Halloween Home


Home  /  Site Info  /  Feedback Form  /  Terms of Use / Privacy Policy
Our Video Clips  /  Calendar Directory  /  Calendar Store   /  Blog with us  /  Send Greeting Cards  / Thank You!

Copyright 2004 & Up / Gone-ta-pott.com - All rights reserved.
Party Planning!
Great planning is the key to a successful party & a successful party means your guests will have memories to last a lifetime!

See our party planning section for helpful tips!
Garden Related!
National Garden HolidaysGarden Tea Party
Garden SaladGardening NewsGardening
Your Birthday FlowerFlower of the month
Do you want to stop buying seeds and just cut open a tomato and plant? Here's how.

This process is for fruits and vegetables that contain their seeds in pulp, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, etc.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

STEPS
1) - Make sure your tomato is from a plant that was grown from an heirloom or open pollinated seed. If you choose a tomato from hybrid, chemically treated seeds, the results may be disappointing to you.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2) - Cut the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp and place in a bowl or cup. Or, squeeze the pulp and seeds out. Set this aside somewhere so the seeds can go through a fermenting process. A layer of mold will develop on the seeds. This process can destroy many seed-borne diseases that could affect the next generation of plants. After the fermenting, you need to wash the seeds well.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3) - Place the seeds and pulp in a container and put twice as much water as you have seeds.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4) - or shake vigorously for a few minutes, pour off the water and repeat this process until the pulp is removed. Any bad seeds will usually float to the top, and the good seeds will stay in the bottom of the container.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5) - Pour in a strainer and rinse the seeds well. Spread the seeds out as thinly as possible on a glass or ceramic flat dish, baking sheet, a piece of plywood or a window screen. Do not dry seeds on paper or cloth, as it can be very difficult to remove the seeds. A window screen is best, as it allows for excellent air circulation. Remember to stir the seeds several times during the day.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6) - When seeds are completely dry, they are ready for planting. Or you can store them in a clean dry jar with a tight fitting lid in a cool dark place (cellar) or they can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7) - To plant your seeds, it is best to start them in peat pots (or similar pots for growing seedlings). Fill your peat pot with the soil mix of your choice. One mix could be made using 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 coarse vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. Place 2 to 3 seeds in each pot and cover with soil about 1/4 inch or so. Pat down lightly. Moisten the soil (do not drench) and keep it moist. It will take at least a week for the seed to germinate.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8) - Place the peat pots in a warm, sunny place that is protected from cold weather. There are many ways you can do this. (make your own mini green house, or put in a sunny window sill, etc.)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9) - Check your pots every day. Once the plants peek out of the soil, they will grow pretty fast.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10) - When the plants have grown several inches tall, and have at least 3 leaves on each plant, they are ready for transplanting. You can plant them in your garden as soon as all danger of frost is gone.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11) - In your prepared garden space, dig a hole deep enough that you can plant your seedling deep enough that only the top 1/4 of the plant is sticking out of the ground. The stem will put out new roots and help establish a good root system for the plant. Place a hand full of compost in the bottom of the hole and place your plant on top of the compost. This will give your plant an extra boost, and also help keep the plant from going into shock from transplanting. Try not to disturb the roots in the transplanting process. However, you can break the bottom of the peat cup to allow the roots to freely grow out and down after planting.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12) - Pour water in the hole after putting your plant in. Make sure you use room temperature water for this. Cold water from the outdoor hose will be too cold and may put your plant in shock.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13) - Pull the dirt up to the stem of the plant, making sure you leave at least 1/4 of the top sticking out of the soil. Pat the dirt down lightly.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14) - You can also drive your stake in the ground at this time, so when you need it, you will have it and won't disturb the root system by driving it in the ground after the root system has been established.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15) - Use torn cotton fabric to loosely tie your plant as needed. Or you can use strips of panty hose or knee highs to do this. Just don't bind your plant by tying too tightly.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16) - Feed and water your plant often. Tomatoes need water and food. Do this by watering at the base of the plant and using at least one gallon of water per plant every time you water.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17) - Pruning is NOT necessary. Some people prune so their plant will produce larger fruits. However, the plant will not produce as many fruits this way.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18) - Check your plants daily for bugs and cut worms. There are ways to prevent cut worms. One way is to put a collar around the base of the plant. This needs to be done when the plant is very young and small. You can make the collar out of toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Cut the toilet paper rolls in half, and the paper towel rolls into 3 or 4 pieces. Make a cut up the side and open it up and place it around the plant stem, pressing it into the soil to keep it stable.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19) - When the fruit turns red (or whatever color you planted), pick and enjoy the fruits of your labor. When you do, you will know that it was all worth it.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
TIPS
Never allow the temperature of your seeds to exceed 95ºF (35ºC).
Never put your seeds in direct sun if the temperature will rise above 85ºF (29C). (even in 85ºF sun, dark colored seeds can sustain damage, as they will get hotter than lighter colored seeds.
Ceiling fans are great for improving air circulation.
Never dry seeds in the oven.
Some seeds take a long time to completely dry. It is better to let the seeds dry for a couple of weeks (or longer for larger seeds) than to have the whole batch ruined.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Warnings
Tomatoes that you purchase from grocery stores and most big produce stands have been grown in a green house from hybrid seeds that have been heat treated and chemically treated for disease resistance. They have also been fertilized with chemical fertilizer. If you want a "pure" tomato, the best way to do that is to purchase "Heirloom" tomato seeds or "Open Pollinated" seeds and grow your first crop. Then, you can start saving your own seeds from your own tomatoes. This way, you will know exactly where your tomato came from and what kinds of fertilizer was used to grow it. You can find many heirloom seed growers and sellers on line by typing "heirloom seeds" in search. You can also check with local growers in your area for those who grow heirloom seeds.
If you dry your seeds out in the open, watch out for birds. They will love to eat your seeds. Squirrels, too, will rob you.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Things You'll Need
Tomato
Knife
Strainer
Window Screen
Container for storing seeds
Water
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Related How To Articles: 
How to Go Green
How to host a Green Event
How to keep tomatoes from splitting
How to prune tomatoes








- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
We Celebrate
National Garden Holidays!
Common Meals:  What are meals?
BreakfastSecond BreakfastBrunch
Champagne BreakfastLunchDinner
SupperAfternoon TeaHigh Tea
Favorite Food Topics! Salad Month
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable MonthTomatoes
Flowers for eating and herbals for healing
Edible Flowers in the GardenHerbsSpices
Gardening
Store
HOW TO ARTICLES
Featured How-to Articles
Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Gone-ta-pott.com
Gone-ta-pott.com
"Your Holiday Directory"