Vegetables and Fruit forum: How to protect my tomato seedlings

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Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
NewbieGardner
Apr 2, 2018 11:15 PM CST
I have planted tomato seeds. Seedlings emerged in 2 weeks in spite of the cold weather in seattle. Today I saw one seedling wilted so was just trying to make it straight and it snipped. Don't know why it happened? Can anyone sdiggest me how I should take care of my other seedlings.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 4, 2018 8:24 AM CST
If they are outside they may need some protection such as a hot cap or plastic bag over them ? Or are they wilting from the wind drying them out ?
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
NewbieGardner
Apr 4, 2018 12:13 PM CST
Well I started the seeds indoor as the weather is not so great. The temperature is between 50 and 55. When it's little bright sunny outside, I keep the seedlings tray outside for few hours.

Afterr reading your message I also feel that wind might have caused seedlings to wilt.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 21, 2018 8:34 AM CST
I use large clear plastic bags to protect seedlings from drying winds. Or the deeper clear covers for trays.
Name: chris Zone 8a
Peachtree City, GA
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chris
Apr 21, 2018 8:57 AM CST
I can plant 3-4 weeks earlier by using 5 gallon water jugs with bottom cut off. I dont touch or water for a month. Looks dumb but works. Has dropped to 28f without damage.
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PS. carpet looks dumb also but its worth less weeds.
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Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Apr 23, 2018 6:18 PM CST
@Newbiegardener, you may wish to take a look at the Vegetables and Fruit forum. There is a thread called 2018 Vegetable Gardening that has lots of knowledgeable veggie gardeners. It may also help if you add your USDA zone to your profile, so we know what type of weather conditions you are dealing with in your area. Please come join us........

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