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Initial Seed Planting & Potting Up

NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,804

? Why do we have to start seeds off in a seed tray and then gradually transfer to say 4 then 10 inch pots

? What happens if we sow say tome straight into there last pots...10 inchers

Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.


  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 BristolPosts: 1,804

    That should have said TOMS as in tomatoes

    Everyone is just trying to be Happy.....So lets help Them.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,454

    Because the fast growing seedlings quickly absorb the nutrients in the compost and grow better when potted on. Also they may not all germinate which may waste all that compost you've put into a big pot.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,834

    And there is a danger that the compost which is not in use by the plants roots becomes waterlogged.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Agree with all above plus we usually plant young tomatoes so that some of the stem is buried.  Extra roots grow from those first few inches of stem which helps to produce a larger, stronger plant.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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