Fresh tomato seeds will germinate just fine. The seeds do not need to be aged or dried in order to sprout and begin growing. However, some gardeners suggest fermenting tomato seeds before trying to store or germinate them.
Another thing we wanted the answer to was, do Tomatoes need soil to sprout?
Although there is no soil inside of a tomato, there is plenty of moisture, and the tomato seeds are right in the middle of all of it! Combined with the right temperature, the seeds will have the perfect environment for sprouting – even if it happens while still inside the tomato!
Why do tomato seeds sprout inside a tomato?
Tomato seeds sprout inside a tomato due to a lack of the hormone abscisic acid. This hormone normally keeps tomato seeds dormant until the time is right for them to sprout. The seeds inside a tomato are more likely to sprout if the tomato was exposed to prolonged cold (more than a few days below 55 degrees Fahrenheit) and then left in a warm place.
When are tomatoes harvested?
Harvest time for tomatoes will occur at the end of its growing season, usually late summer, once the tomatoes are at their mature green stage.
What is the best temperature for tomato seeds to sprout?
This is nature’s way of protecting tomato seeds from sprouting at a time when they will be unable to survive. The minimum temperature for tomato seed germination is 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). They will take quite some time (up to 6 weeks!) to sprout in such cool soil.
When to pick a tomato?
The best time of day to pick tomatoes is in the morning . According to Clemson University: “Overnight, vegetables regain moisture that they lost during the day, and starches formed during the day may be converted to sugars during the evening. These traits make morning-harvested produce crisper, juicier, and sweeter.”.
While writing we ran into the inquiry “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?”.
This is what our research found. harvesting late will give you mushy tomatoes, while harvesting early will give you hard tomatoes that lack flavor. So, how do you know when to pick tomatoes? Pick a tomato when it is a little bit soft (not hard or mushy).
Our answer is that Plucking tomatoes at the right time has benefits for the tomato , and the tomato plant. But in addition, keeping plants picked also keeps the weight of tomato vines manageable. And that means branches can’t split or break which can also injure the plant, and keep yields down.