Transplanting Tomatoes and Pot Sizes
This is fine for a few weeks (depending on temperatures and light levels) but they will most likely need to be potted into a larger pot before they can go into their final position in greenhouse or outside in the garden.
The problem is, the earlier that seeds are sown, the longer that the small plants will need to be inside, in the warm, before they leave home and depart to the greenhouse or garden!
Ideally, their second pot should be around 5 inches, then after, they are planted into their final position which means, in my part of the world, a place where temperatures are too low until at least the end of May.
Because I sow early, I have often have to pot for a third time into a larger pot than a 5 inch before planting in the final position late May or early June. If I don’t do this the plants become root-bound and growth can be become stunted.
The following video is one from last season where I had five plants, each receiving different food to test which types of food produced the best results. Unfortunately, I had to wait ages for the flowers to set so the experiment didn’t quite work as I had planned!
Who says that naming your tomato plants is a bit daft!!!
So you may ask, why sow so early?
That is a question I ask myself – especially when I’m tripping over tomato plants indoors in April and May!
Sensible people will, of course, resist the temptation and wait until around two months before their last frost date before they sow their seeds and not have the problem of potting-on for a third time!
However, if you can cope with the extra work and time involved when starting your seeds early, the reward is an earlier crop – that’s if the plants don’t suffer from the low light and low temperature conditions!