It is possible to grow cherry tomatoes from seed. And if you live in an area with a short growing season, starting tomatoes indoors, can help you get a jump start on your garden.
Cherry tomatoes are wonderful fruits to grow for any skill level. They grow wonderfully in pots and can produce a lot over the growing season. Starting your cherry tomatoes from seed inside early allows you to grow seedlings that will be ready when spring weather starts. This will help you get the most from the growing season and produce more fruit.
How to Grow Cherry Tomatoes from Seed
Although ideally, you would have seedlings to plant into the ground, in some areas this may not be possible due to a long Winter. That’s why starting seeds inside to form your own seedlings is a good way to go. Here’s how to do just that.
Start with good soil. This includes getting a seeding mix or a mix made specifically for tomatoes. You can also use your own compost mix.
Next, take a look at the kind of pot you will use for growing seedlings. You will want one that is wide enough and deep enough to allow for Healthy Growth. This is likely a pot that is 3-4 inches in both width and diameter. Fill each container leaving about half an inch from the top.
In each container, place 2-3 cherry tomato seeds.
Cover the seeds with a quarter of an inch of soil or soil mixture. Sprinkle enough water to make the soil moist and do so whenever you notice that it needs to be moisturized again.
Place your containers in a sunny spot in your home that receives at least four to six hours of sun, ideally more. Make sure the room that you have them in is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and you can even cover them with plastic until the seedlings start.
Tips for Growing Strong Cherry Tomato Seedlings
After the seedlings start to sprout, do not continue to cover them with plastic. This could lead to rotting.
If you live in a fairly cool area, you might try placing a gardening heating pad underneath your pots to start your seedlings. This will warm up the soil and speed up the process.