Tomato Germination Rates - Knowledgebase Question

Ames, IA
Question by jewelz52
February 14, 2000
What is the germination rate for tomatoes?

Answer from NGA
February 14, 2000


Although it may vary slightly from variety to variety, an average germination rate for tomatoes is 85 to 90%. This is of course for fresh seed. Older seed not properly stored could have a much lower rate. To check seeds for germination, place a piece of paper towel in the bottom of a flat-bottomed container, and dampen the towel with warm water. Spread the seeds sparsely in a single layer on the towel. Cover the container and keep it in a warm dark place for several days, checking daily to see that the towel remains moist. In a few days the seeds will begin to germinate and you will be able to determine a germination percentage for that variety.

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