How big are the seedlings now (how many pairs of true leaves)? Why did you mention an 8" pots?
My bad, I measured the inserts and they are 3X3X4 inches. Medium is filled till 1 inch below the top of the seeding tray. Currently the seedlings are 4-5 inches from the soil. (I'll take pictures for better help and add in the evening to this post)
applestar wrote:Do you plan to plant them in the garden after the plants fill the 8" pots? For now, fill the cells to the top with mixture of cocopeat and vermicompost, burying the base of the seedling stems, if they are not all the way filled.
Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of a garden, so YES, they will be living in containers all their life. I did read about the tip of potting the tomato seedlings much deeper so that a part of the stem also gets covered in soil, as roots will develop there too.
applestar wrote:If you plan to grow them in containers, I would recommend 14-16" containers at the minimum. Larger would be better.
I am more intro recycling plastic, so I will try and use spherical plastic jars with good drainage thru holes in bottom, I have which are good for 20-30 lts. They should be better than 8" pots. And when I said 8" I meant their depth, noth sure how much would their diameter be. could check it out
applestar wrote: Recent fall tomato planting discussion seemed to indicate that 35Ã‚Â°c would be too hot. It would be better if the temps cool down to closer to 30Ã‚Â°c.
Mermande is described as maturing in 68 days. Didn't you say you get first frost around October-November? Will you have enough time?
Where I stay, the temperature is still humid. In the 90-100 F range. Is this too hot for tomatoes? Fall will start settling in by Mid-October - November. Thats the time when it gets pleasantly cool around 15-20 Deg C. December is when it starts getting chilly 4-10 Deg C. And stays that way till Feb. Though we never have frost where I stay. Just cold winds sometimes.
applestar wrote: I'm going to leave the fertilizer question for others since I honestly don't pay much attention to fertilizers and mainly use compost, rock phosphate, greensand, and lime (to adjust pH). Do you make your own compost?
No I don't make my own compost, but would love to do so if space is not a constraint for that. I use regular yellow soil mixed with a lot of sand+ coco peat + dried cow dung manure. That's my medium.
Am I doing something wrong here? or can I add some other components to make it more fertile. I have a gut feeling, apart form the weather (which is hot and humid), my soil isn't fertile. I say so coz the seedlings have germinated but now their growth seems quite slow or stunted. I will post a picture for clarity in eve. Its been 10-15 days since I sowed the seeds. For me potting soil is the same as the final soil in the containers. I don't have a specific mix/ potting soil/ Miracle Grow kinda stuff for germinating seeds etc.
For everything - I have the same mix - Coco peat + dried cow dung manure. Recently I bought something called Biovita - this is seaweed fertilizer for adding the extra nutrients to the plants like zinc, phosphorous etc. I googled about about the soil type in my area and it says -
Soils of the Gurgaon district are classified as tropical and brown soils, existing in the north western extreme, northern and north eastern parts of the district. The soils are medium textured loamy sand is the average texture in Gurgaon. GurgaonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s soil is weathered quartzite + sandy soil. This type of soil requires and supports recharge due to permeability.
Does this help?