When your tomato seedlings first poke their little leaves up from beneath the soil’s surface, it makes your heart flutter in excitement, doesn’t it?
Those tiny little plants will, at some point in the near future, become 2′ to 12′ tall behemoth plants that’ll produce more tomatoes than you know what to do with;
or, you’ll wind up with spindly, stunted plants that seem to be screaming for help, producing puny fruit (if any) with few blossoms.
If you’re not fertilizing your tomatoes in SOME way, you’re likely going to encounter the latter to some degree, unless you have rich soil.
Fortunately, there are many ways that you can fertilize your seedlings; but the earlier you start, the better your chances of success!
Fertilizing Tomato Seedlings: When to Start
When your tomato seedlings just begin to pop their heads above the soil, you might be inclined to offer them food; my advice?
Wait until they’ve had a chance to open their sleepy little leaves.
Once the seedlings begin to unfurl their first true leaves, you should water them with a half-strength liquid fertilizer, mixed in water.
When you’re growing tomato seedlings indoors, you’re working with very small seedling pots, so you must be careful.
You can also use one or two of those weak fertilizer cubes for those in pots, but those can be quite expensive when you’re growing more than 10 seedlings.
Therefore, I highly recommend the liquid or water soluble fertilizer, in diluted amounts.
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