Sowing our tomato seeds

sowing tomato seeds

Get seeds off to a head start by sowing over the festive period. This week we are sowing the first of our tomato seeds in preparation for next year. The varieties we are sowing are cristal, sungold, olivade, rosada, Kalimba and san marzano. These plants will be planted into two Vivigrows and Quadgrows.

  • Fill trays with compost and gently firm with a tamper to remove any air gaps which could affect root development.
  • Using a dibber we make furrows in the compost approximately 1cm deep. The seeds are then sown at intervals in the furrows. We sow more seeds than are needed to account for any seeds which don’t germinate.
  • The seeds are then covered with compost. We use standard multi-purpose compost which often has large chunks of uncomposted material or compacted soil - a garden sieve is required to give the texture a much finer grain. We water them and place in a Vitopod Propagator set to 18oc.

If you don’t have a greenhouse or conservatory in which to propagate your seeds, you could use a spare bedroom or other indoor area. However, once germinated your seedlings will need plenty of light, which could mean using artificial propagation lights if growing indoors.

If you have any questions about the seeds you’re sowing, give one of our Gardening Angels a call on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email