The Q&A Archives: Tomato Seedling fertilizing

Question: I have planted Burpee tomato seeds and green peppers and would like to know when I can start fertilizing and what and how much? I planted the seeds March 15th and live in upstate NY, last frost is May 30.

Answer: Most seedlings do not need much fertilizer until they have several sets of true leaves. At that point you might give them a very dilute solution of balanced liquid soluble fertilizer such as MiracleGro at about one fourth the label rate about once a week. (Some gardeners will also use manure tea in addition or instead for their transplants.) Continue this until they are set out in the garden.

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