Seed Starting - Knowledgebase Question

Warrington, PA
Question by gvliii
March 24, 2001
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 from NGA
March 24, 2001


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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