Every gardener dreams of growing tasty and juicy tomatoes on his site. Compliance with all the rules of agricultural technology will help to grow good seedlings that will not get sick and will give a rich harvest in the future. The quality of the seedlings, the good the harvest will be. How to grow strong seedlings and get the coveted harvest, read the article.
Strong seedlings are the key to a successful harvest
Everyone knows that sowing seeds directly depends on the region of residence. It is believed that the warmer it is in the area, the earlier you can sow seeds and plant seedlings in open ground. Residents of warm regions begin to prepare seedlings in February, the rest – not earlier than March. Of course, it will not be superfluous to study the varietal characteristics of the tomatoes that you plan to grow on your garden plot.
Important! Seed packaging usually lists the recommended planting time.
How to prepare the soil
The main condition for the successful cultivation of seedlings is properly prepared soil. You can cook it yourself or buy it at a specialty store. Experienced gardeners always prepare the soil themselves. It is believed that when preparing the soil, it is extremely important to add soil from the garden. It is believed that this method minimizes stress, the plant adapts better when transplanting. For self-preparation of the soil, take the ingredients in the following proportions: 1 part of turf and 1 part of garden soil; 4 parts peat and 0.25 parts manure (mullein). As for the purchased soil, experienced gardeners recommend adding 1 tablespoon of dolomite flour to it per 10 liters of soil.
Then mix the soil with garden soil in proportions 1: 1.
Important! Before planting seeds, the soil is spilled with a solution of potassium permanganate or phytosporin.
Planting capacity: which is better?
In order for young seedlings to feel as comfortable as possible, it is necessary to choose a suitable container for them. Let’s dwell on them in more detail.
They are easy to use and made from environmentally friendly materials. Seedlings can be planted directly in a cup, which then dissolves easily in the soil.
Peat tablets for seed germination
Peat tablets are very popular among gardeners. They are compressed peat impregnated with various nutrients. The tablets are laid out in a tray, filled with water. After they increase in size, they sow seeds. The advantage of growing seedlings in peat tablets is that the seedlings are grown without picking.
Plastic cups are also handy for growing seedlings because they can be used repeatedly.
Seed germination timing
As practice shows, subject to the temperature regime within 25-30 degrees, seedlings will appear in 3 days. If the temperature fluctuates between 20-25 degrees, then the sprouts will appear on the 5th day. When shoots appear and in order to avoid stretching the seedlings, the temperature is lowered to 15 degrees.
Watering tomato seedlings
It is better to moisten tomato seedlings from a spray bottle. Subsequently, the seedlings are watered once a week, and since the appearance of 5 true leaves, the soil is moistened every 4 days. It is recommended to use settled or filtered water for irrigation.
You can determine whether seedlings need feeding by their appearance. If the seedlings are strong, have a thick stem, then they do not need fertilizers. But it is better to feed weakened senets with a solution of Agricola Vegeta. Effekton-O (for vegetable crops) can be noted as a good top dressing.
Use the recommendations given and a good harvest for you!