Let's call this the tomato post. In case you haven't been reading, you know I have a whopping 3 tomatoes out of 10 that are going gang busters. Another handful are languishing and three are refusing to germinate despite multiple attempts with 2 seeds each.
So, just how amazing is the growth of those big three? Here is what they looked like the day before I decided to pot them up.
My brother says he pots up his young seedlings up to the first leaves. I bury them up to the first true branch. Not sure which is right, but I want the dew leaves or whatever to become roots.
Speaking of roots, my Legend seedling (shown on the right below) that's about ready to be potted up looks like it's been almost cut at soil level in it's cup. I would HATE to lose it since my other Legend planting is one of the never germinated 3. I have got to pot that up tomorrow.
Another one I need to pot up is my 3 seedling cup (on the left above). I've since noticed one of the seedlings has simply disappeared, so now it's just two healthy seedlings battling for dirt in that 9 ounce cup. The question was still, which seedling is which. THANKFULLY one seedling has potato leaves and the other traditional tomato leaves. A quick search online found that Stupice tomato plants have potato leaves, so I know which one I need to survive. The other is gravy. Well a bit more meat and potatoes than gravy, since I don't even have enough tomatoes to fill my SWCs yet. Here's hoping EG is right and splitting tomato seedlings is easy. I get the process but I hate playing with fire.
Now before you post that I should really plant more seedlings next time, you''re absolutely right. My brother has the right idea to plant 6 of each to keep the best one and give away the rest. I have always had good luck with planting multiple seeds in each cup, but only one cup. My results were horrible this year, so I'll make room for more next time. Maybe I'll just start them in soil blocks and pot them up sooner. I could fit many more in soil blocks than I can with those unwieldy cups.
Well, that'll just about do it for tonight. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. I got some money that I'll use to pay bills and maybe even fund the construction of my chicken coop!
Enjoy your garden.