Initial Seed Planting & Potting Up

? 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

Never change Tigers in Mid Stream


  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 1,138

    That should have said TOMS as in tomatoes

    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 13,644

    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: 3,124

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

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 7,864

    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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