Video: How To Grow Healthy Tomato Seedlings
I have to grow many hundreds of tomato seedlings every year. During this time, a technology has already been developed that allows you to successfully grow varieties of multi-colored and different-shaped tomatoes. I will share my experience in growing such seedlings.
I have to grow many hundreds of tomato seedlings every year. During this time, its own technology has already been developed, which allows you to successfully grow varieties of multi-colored and different-shaped tomatoes. I will share my experience in growing such seedlings.
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So that your seedlings do not disappear in the bud, it is necessary from the very beginning (even from seeds) to use various preventive measures, including for seedling soils. I decontaminate all the soil intended for growing seedlings. I spill it with a strong solution of potassium permanganate and leave it for a day.
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For better germination, the seeds are soaked for 1-2 days in the preparations "Energen", "Zircon" or in any other growth stimulator. You can also soak them in aloe juice. It is advisable to harden the seeds in the refrigerator (in cotton wool, bandage) - this is necessary for the plant's resistance to cold in the future.
After the first shoots appear, in order to protect against the black leg, it is necessary to shed the soil with Previkur-Energy according to the instructions. When the cotyledon leaves on tomato seedlings begin to stretch, gently press the stem into the soil with your index finger until the leaves. As the seedlings stretch out, I recommend repeating this procedure. As a result, you will no longer need to pick plants.
The container in which you are growing the seedlings should be 15-20 cm high. Used disposable plastic half-liter cups are ideal for growing two plants in each one. Illumination with lamps is required for 5-6 hours a day - energy-saving lamps will not hit your pocket hard.
To avoid late blight on tomatoes, I strongly recommend that before planting seedlings in the ground in a permanent place, first bathe the plants with a lump of earth in a solution of "Fitosporin". And then after abundant watering of the hole prepared for each tomato, pour half a teaspoon of copper sulfate at the bottom of it, but this must be done so that there is no contact with the plant. Copper sulfate is a poison, be careful with it! But still, out of two evils - the possibility of late blight disease in tomatoes or the careful introduction of vitriol - I choose a healthy plant, and not a bush that has dried up from the disease.
When in summer there will be sharp changes in daytime and nighttime temperatures, and in the morning there is abundant dew, then it is worth starting spraying with "Photosporin" - this is a biologically pure preparation that helps very well against late blight on tomatoes. Do not wait for the plant to get sick, then it will be almost impossible to fix something.
If you take my advice and use them in your beds and greenhouses, then you will definitely not be left without a crop. I use all my many years of experience in practice, and every step I take brings excellent results.
I believe that the method described above for protecting tomato plants from diseases is by far the most effective. If someone has their own effective ways of growing tomato seedlings and protecting them from diseases, tell us about them, I will be very happy.
Igor Kostenko, experienced gardener
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