How to Start Tomato & Pepper Seedlings Indoors


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Growing tomato and pepper seedlings right inside your home is super easy–even beginners can do it. Go ahead and watch this special presentation now to get you started!

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How to Start Tomato & Pepper Seedlings Indoors

  2. 2. Step 1. Know When to Start First off, find out the right time to begin your indoor growing. This depends on where you live, but a general rule is to start the seeds 2 months before the last spring frost date.
  3. 3. Step 2. Gather the Following Materials Small, clean pots or planting containers − Must have small holes at the bottom − Minimum depth should be 3 inches Tomato and pepper seeds − Choose heirloom seeds for the best results High-quality seed starting mix High-quality fertilizer A warm area − A greenhouse − A window that gets a lot of sunlight − Or a room with a good lighting system Good air circulation
  4. 4. Step 3. Prepare the Starting Mix Get a large container, add in the seed starter, gradually pour in some water, and mix them properly. The mixture should not be muddy but rather damp like a sponge that has been squeezed out.
  5. 5. Then put the mixture into each planting container. Leave an inch of space before you reach the container’s tip. Remember to label and date all your containers for easy tracking.
  6. 6. Step 4. Plant the Seeds In each container, create a quarter-inch-deep furrow and then plant one heirloom seed. If you’re planting in a flat tray without compartments instead of containers, then remember to provide an inch’s space between the seeds.
  7. 7. Step 5. Germinate, Water & Monitor Germinating Tomatoes and peppers require high temperatures for them to sprout, so you’ll have to put them in warmer areas like inside a greenhouse, atop the fridge, or under fluorescent lights.
  8. 8. Watering Make sure the containers are always damp and the seedlings are regularly sprinkled with light water.
  9. 9. Monitoring Closely track the growth of the seedlings and put them under a good light source as soon as they sprout. If you’re using artificial lights, you may raise them a little higher once the seedlings start to grow. Provide more lighting to the weak-looking seedlings.
  10. 10. Step 6. Transplant the Seedlings Once the sprouts are about 3 inches in height, you can transplant them to their very own pots to give them more space to grow.
  11. 11. Step 7. Feed Your Tomato & Pepper Seedlings Seed starters actually have very little plant food, so you’ll have to start feeding your tiny plants right away. Use a liquid fertilizer for this purpose, or whatever your local nursery recommends. Don’t forget to provide a steady light source for your growing plants.
  12. 12. Step 8. Move Your Plants to the Garden A month after this, the weather should be warm enough that you can finally introduce your seedlings to the garden environment. Use this guide below: Day 1: Place the plants in a shaded area for half of the day. Day 2–3: Put them outside but with shade throughout the day. Succeeding Days: Eventually place them under the morning sun and then all throughout the day without shade.
  13. 13. When they’re ready to be transplanted to the garden, do it around sunset or a cloudy day to reduce stress on the plants. Lastly, secure the plants in the soil, give them enough water and add some organic matter if you like.
  14. 14. Also, remember to use tomato and pepper heirloom seeds so you can always get the freshest and healthiest crops. And that’s how to start tomato and pepper seedlings indoors properly. The process may be quite long, but just be patient and soon you’ll have a garden full of them!