Friday, January 20, 2017

The Seedlings Appear

Wow, what a difference a day makes.  Yesterday on Day 6, I saw a few tomato seedlings starting to appear and they were shooting up quickly.  This morning when I got up, I saw 28 of the 36 planted seeds showing up.

It is awesome to see the tomato seedlings appear.  They are ahead of schedule in growth from what I can tell if the germination time and emergence is 7 to 10 days according to the package.

So far, I have not had to add water to the tray, but I am monitoring it closely.  Most of the seedlings are orienting themselves towards the light from the window.  I will likely have to keep rotating the tray so they grow up straight, rather than slanted.

I always thought the seed stayed in the soil and the plant grew from it.  From what I'm seeing, the plant sends out a root which attaches in the soil and then continues at the top of the seedling.  It is almost like it is giving it the energy boost it needs.  I just never realized this was how a tomato seed grew.  It is interesting to me to see and learn this.

Many of the seedlings are now about 2 inches tall.  My goal was to plant them in the earthbox at the first of March, but if they get too big for this grow tray, I may have to risk the chance of cold temperatures and plant them earlier.  Time will tell on what I need to do.

So here's a picture of them this morning at Day 7.  There are 28 tomato seedlings that have emerged.

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