The Q&A Archives: Seed Starting

Question: When do I begin to start tomatos and peppers indoors? I live in Southeast Pennsylvania (Warrington) ? Furthermore, what is the best medium to grow them in?

Answer: Peppers and tomatoes can be started about six to eight weeks before the last expected frost. Any soilless mix (usually consisting of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite) is relatively sterile/clean and holds air and water nicely for starting seeds. Once the plants have true leaves, fertilize using a very weak solution of water soluble fertilizer according to the label instructions to compensate for the lack of fertility in the mix. Be sure to use a warm soil temperature of about 75 to 80 degrees for fastest germination.

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