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When is the last time to sow tomato seeds

I`ve always sown my tomato seed at the beginning of April, but events have overtaken me this year and need to order tomato seed today! Assuming I will receive it by end of the week- April18th/19th, can I sow it then or is it too late. Most of the advice says early April. Has anyone done the same as me?



  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    Last year, I found an out of date pack of Gardeners' Delight Tomatoes last year in mid April and planted them expecting nothing.  They did grow and bore lots of tomatoes in September/October.  I have started earlier this year (probably too early).  Last year they were outside, this year I have a greenhouse - I guess that might have been why they came along quite late, but obviously we did have good weather last year, and this year, who knows. 

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,663

    How many plants do you need Sarah? If its not very many you might be better buying small plants from a GC - they are not very expensive, and would get you back to where you normally are at this time of year.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,174

    Sarah - I wouldn't worry too much, but chicky's right - buy a few plants as well  - they're not very expensive.  Sow some seed too - they'll soon catch up anyway.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 69,111

    I've only just sown mine as I don't have a greenhouse and the outside temperatures need to be good before they're too big for the windowsill.

    If I were you I'd pop out today and buy some seed, but if that's not a possibility then order your seed today and sow as soon as you get them.  Look for an early fruiting variety - Red Alert is always early for me and is a tasty tomato that yields well outside.  

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  • sarah18sarah18 Posts: 5

    Thanks for all those responses about growing tomatoes now. I`ll get `Red Alert` and buy some plants from supermarket and plant the seed I`ve ordered and see what happens!

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,730

    There are a number of super-early varieties. They hail mainly from Northern Europe where growing seasons are short to the point of almost non-existent.

    Years ago in Australia, out of curiosity, I tried one of the better known of them, a Czech variety called Stupice (pron. Stoo-pee-cha). It matured in around 50 days. The best that could be said was that it was red. Virtually no flavour. Typical of the super-early varieties.

    They're basically for growers in inhospitable climates for whom any tomato is better than nothing.

  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    I would say anything is better than a tasteless tomato. image

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