Last year I planted from seed some heirloom cherry tomato plants. Long story short they never yeilded any usable fruit, as it got to cold by the time the tomatoes grew out.
Just wondering if anyone might have an idea as to why that is?
This spring (Mid Feb), before it got warm I redid all my pots with new soil and stuck some seeds in the dirt, the hope was that once the weather breaks they will come up. Today is our first warm day 70f here :)
Should I wait and see or should I resow?
Sorry for the newbie q's.
I would definately re-sow. I started 2 separate batches of cherry tomatoes. The first time I planted 12 seeds on March 17th and within a week 11 were up. The second time I sowed 6 seeds on the 1st of April and all 6 are up. I didn't do anything fancy. I have a large window that I lined with roofing tar paper (my version of bottom heat) and set the trays on that in the window sill. My first batch is about 5 inches tall and have their first true leaves. The second batch is about an inch tall. I have 20 bell pepper plants up, loads of petunias, geraniums etc. I didn't use any lights or heating mats. Just sunshine and a nice warm room.
Hi Cicca, Here in Scotland I have the same trouble as you had last year, in fact here, over the last 3 years my Tomato's have not been worth all the trouble nor the peppers, cucumbers ect due to weather too cold, not enough sun light and the soil not warming up early enough, I am luck in as much that I have a large greenhouse and also an electric propagator to give me a good start BUT we have not had a long enough period of good sunlight for the tomato's to grow then ripen, made lots of green tomato chutney though, sick of the sight of it now though.
The Tomato's, peppers, cucumbers and all that type of summer fruiting plants do require a longer growing season, so best time to start off the seeds as mentioned is mid FEB, after a few weeks and true leaves have grown, pot the plants on into individual pots We call these pots Thumb pots by fact they are as tall as thumb from tip ti top joint at palm of hand.
Don't be tempted to feed these little seedlings they need to make good roots under the soil as well as make foliage ect. Once the plants have filled the pot with roots, you need to re-pot into maybe 3 inch pots, again don't feed, just use good quality compost, you start to feed as soon as the plants begin to produce flowers and every week give a feed, then increase the feeding to 2 times a week then more as the fruit appears, don't let these plants dry out, and you either end up using 12 inch pot or plant out in garden IF warm enough. treat all the other salad type fruiting plants the same, I use a tomato liquid feed or half strength sea weed liquid feed is good too.
You could get a small crop this year but if not, start as I mentioned earlier next year,
Good luck, WeeNel.