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It is possible to give Tomato plants an early Spring start !!

 
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Thanks for the video. What part of the world are you posting from? You don't plant your stems deep in the soil so they root?

I'm excited to see how your tomats do. With any luck, you may be on to something. I'm rooting for you!


But then again, I have my doubts how well it will go. Hope I'm wrong, however...in the past...well...story time:

Traditionally, my grandfather started his tomato seeds the first of January. He planted them into the greenhouse well before the first of April.

I start my tomatoes the first of March and plant OUTSIDE the greenhouse the end of April, usually after May starts. Last frost date here 17th April. I always get tomatoes minimum 10 days to three weeks earlier than my grandfather. Even when I use the same variety as him, I still get tomatoes a over a week early.

Why is this?

My father says that transplanting the tomatoes early shocks them and sets them back. I don't know if I believe it.

I think it's because I don't use chemical fertilizer. My grandfather believes in Better Living Through Chemistry, I believe in healthy soil and focusing on healthy roots makes for healthy plants and better harvest. But that might not be it either.

It could also be a daylight issue with us being so far north.

Or something else entirely.

I wish I knew.


What a great idea experimenting with different planting out timing on tomatoes. Maybe next year we should have a tomato-a-long and see how different tomatoes fair in different climates. I would love to join in.

Let us know how it goes.
 
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Here is a video taken on April 5. R Ranson I dont know why your grandfather's tomatos lag behind your unless his are getting below 55 degrees in that greenhouse. It seems that the secret is keeping the plants at around 60 degrees and not over 90 degrees.

I have more than one Cold frame and the one with the polycarbonate windows does not get as hot as the one that doesnt have poly windows.
 
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Here's the link to the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14bzT-OlfGU
 
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I've embedded the video below.

 
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