Sowing Tomato Seeds Outdoors In Pots

This method is similar to sowing the seed indoors in pots with the exception that the pots are stored outside whilst the seed germinates (see last paragraph of this page). The advantage over indoor sowing, is that space is not a limiting factor to the amount of plants to be raised.

Timing and position of the plants are the key factors to success. Keep the pots in the warmest part of the garden (against a house wall is ideal) to hasten germination and subsequent growth. The use of cloches will assist greatly in retaining heat.  Click here to buy a poly-tunnel or cloche online from our recommended suppliers.

Timing is the most difficult aspect of this method - keeping the plants under cloches and or against a house wall will raise the temperature and permit earlier growing, but it is not an exact science. The basic rules of no frost and a minimum soil temperature of 15C (60F) must be achieved.

One combination which can work well is to sow the seeds inside (where they do not have to be in a light position) and the transfer them outside when the seedlings emerge.


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Name: Alison Doe
Date posted: August 06, 2010 - 04:43 am
Message: What I would like to know is once the plants has tomatoes do you take the leaves of the plants for the sun to ripen them or leave them on

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