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Grow Your 42-Day Tomatoes From Seeds

The 42-day tomato produces a small red tomato that ripens incredibly early on compact plants. 42-day tomatoes are sweetly flavored small round tomatoes. Named for its super-fast maturity period, this early and productive tomato variety is ideal for northern, short-season areas and for container gardening.

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How to Grow 42-Day Tomatoes from Seed


# 1 | Start tomatoes indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring, sow your 42-day tomoato seeds in a flat 1/4" deep and 1" apart. Keep the temperature near 70-75 degrees F until germination. Make sure you provide bright light but not direct sun. Keep the planting soil moist, but make sure drainage is adequate.


# 2 | Your 42-Day tomatoes seeds will germinate in 8-15 days. When the second set of leaves emerge, transplant your 42-day tomatoes seedlings into individual pots; bury the stems up to the lowest set of leaves to make sure your tomatoes grow strong roots.


# 3 | A week before planting your 42-day tomato seedlings outside, begin exposing them to the weather during the day to harden them off. 42-Day tomatoes cannot endure weather below 38 degrees, so make sure you do not transplant outside until all threat of frost has passed.


# 4 | When the soil temperature reaches at least 70 degrees F, plant the seedlings in full sun and very rich soil; once more, bury the entire stem up to the lowest set of leaves. If providing a trellis, space the plants 2' apart, but if allowing the vines to spread, space the plants 3-4' apart.


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