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Start tomato seeds inside at least 6 weeks before last frost (around 4/1). Ideal temperature for germination is 85° (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil (with lots of compost or decomposed manure) at a spacing of 18” apart. Stake tomato plants. Tomatoes are susceptible to several fungal diseases (including Early and Late Blight and Verticillium Wilt). To prevent blight, keep foliage dry by 1) Pruning tomato plants to allow for good air circulation 2) Water with drip irrigation/soaker hoses. Crop rotation is also key to preventing tomato diseases. Ideally, plant tomato plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years. Regular watering will help to minimize cracking of tomatoes.
Harvest when tomatoes are fully colored up (not green) and fruit is somewhat soft when squeezed.
Tomatoes are relatively easy seed-saving crops. They are primarily self-pollinated but may be crossed pollinated by insects when different tomato varieties are planted next to one another. You can just save seed and see what you get! Isolation distance of 10ft will minimize crossing while 150’ is necessary to eliminate it. Always harvest seed from the best plants. It is best, but not totally necessary, to collect seeds from a minimum of 6 plants. Collect ripe tomatoes and cut and squeeze out seeds. See instructions for fermenting seeds. Rinse and dry seeds on a screen or wax paper.
Hardiness: ANNUALS: Most annuals bloom from late spring to first fall frost. BIENNIALS/PERENNIALS: Most biennials and perennials will develop foliage the first season, and bloom the following seasons.
Plant Dimensions: 12″–72″ tall
Exposure: Full sun
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. You can also sow half the seed 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date (hoping the last frost is earlier than usual) and sow the second half a week or two after your average last frost date (just to be safe). Mild Climates: Fall through early spring.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended.
Days to Emerge: 7–12 days
Seed Depth: ⅛–¼”
Seed Spacing: Scatter about 20 seeds per sq. ft. and rake in
Thinning: As needed
Precious Pollinators Flower Mix Seeds Reviews
Butterflys loved them
Visited the Meijer botanical gardens in Grand Rapids Mi and saw the flower mix seeds in the gift shop. sprinkled them along my back fence and let them be. All summer long there were butterflies enjoying them as much as I did. Glad I saved enough of the packet to figure out where to get more.
So happy with this purchase last spring 2019 planted and finally got beautiful flowers on my bed around Late May . The blooms lasted all summer and fall. Variety of heights large range of beautiful colors . Every bloom was a gift wondering what color was going to pop out next . Butterflies love it , everyday different visitors , including my beloved bees 🙂
I started these seeds off shortly after the last frost in eastern NC. Everything is coming up very well and I am excited to help feed the bees my neighbor has in his hives, as well as the wild pollinators. I am curious as to what kinds of Milkweed I can expect from this mix. I have some small milkweed seedlings coming up in my little side yard away from my pets, as Milkweed can be toxic to them. I cannot wait to see some Monarchs! Best regards 🙂
Owner Response: Hi Jenna, We are glad you are enjoying this pollinator flower mix. Asclepias tuberosa is in this mix. Happy gardening!
Love spring thru fall
Love this mix and Will replant again and again. Love how there was always something in bloom April-November!