The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Seedlings

Question: This is my first year to attempt to grow tomatoes from seed. Is it necessary to move seedlings to larger pots prior to setting in the garden?

Answer: Your seedlings should be transplanted into individual pots after they've developed two sets of leaves. This eliminates over-crowding and competition for moisture and nutrients. It also gives each plant an opportunity to develop a healthy root system,which will give them a jump-start when planted in the garden bed. You want stout and sturdy seedlings when you transplant, so they can survive the transition from indoors to an outdoor environment.<br><br>Good luck with your new project!

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