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Name: Marc Mulombo
Varberg, Sweden
tshikutama
Apr 12, 2015 12:39 PM CST
Hey, I would like to know, which plant I can plant now in Sweden?can I plant now tomatoes? Which one is best and grow faster with the climate in Sweden?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Apr 12, 2015 3:51 PM CST
Hi Marc, Welcome to All Things Plants!

I hope someone in your part of the world will pop in with some advice but I'd think you could safely plant out in the garden after the last frost of the season. Tomatoes need warmth and light and many gardeners start seeds indoors in the cooler months and then transplant the seedlings into the garden once the weather warms up.

I don't know if this will help but when googling I found this blog from someone growing tomatoes in Sweden:

http://swedishtomatoes.blogspot.com/2013_04_01_archive.html

http://swedishtomatoes.blogspot.com/

Again, Welcome! and happy gardening!

Lin
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Weedwhacker
Apr 12, 2015 7:40 PM CST
@tshikutama -- Hi, Marc, and welcome to All Things Plants!

I looked at the weather forecast for Varberg and it seems your temps are staying above freezing, but not by a whole lot. If that is the case, you would probably be safe to plant tomatoes out now, but I would recommend giving them some protection; I wrap clear plastic around my tomato cages to give the young plants some extra warmth as well as protection from the wind, which seems to do as much damage as cold weather. Do you know the approximate dates for your last freeze in the spring and first freeze in the fall?

As for which varieties might work the best for you... I don't think I can help you too much there. Are you planning to buy plants, or start from seeds? If you are buying plants, then you will be limited by what is available. If starting from seeds, it may be a bit late for this year if your weather is already suitable for planting out. I would recommend asking at a local garden center (whether you actually want to buy anything there or not) for advice on varieties that are known to do well in your area.

I hope you have a great gardening season, and please join us in the "edibles and preserving" forum and let us know how your garden is doing! Smiling

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Name: Marc Mulombo
Varberg, Sweden
tshikutama
Apr 13, 2015 8:42 AM CST
dear Weedwhacker,
thank you for your response. I am planning to plant from the seeds. the temp her started getting warm, some time it is 17 degree C.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 13, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Starting from seeds, you'd be best to start them indoors in small pots, and plant them out when they are 30cm. tall or so.

The reason is the seeds will not germinate well if your night temperatures are still cold and tiny seedlings are also very tender. Keep them indoors on a sunny windowsill to get them a head start. Once the plants have a couple of true leaves and a bigger root system they will be more resilient.
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Weedwhacker
Apr 13, 2015 9:14 AM CST
@tshikutama -- Marc, I agree with Elaine; best to start things like tomatoes and peppers indoors and then transplant out. If growing them in a sunny window, be sure to turn the plants now and then so they grow reasonably straight. Even better if you can grow them under a fluorescent light fixture; keep the seedlings close to the light (about 2-3 cm) so they don't grow tall and weak.
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