Tomato seeds started. Should I fertilize them now?

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  1. woodwaster

    woodwaster New Seed

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    I started tomato seeds mostly heirlooms on 3 -16-14 ,had good germ. plants are about 2 inches tall but there is no signs of true leaves. my question is should I fertilize them now? I have liquid seaweed fertilizer 0-0-1.think this will help with pushing true leaves? or am I worrying for not. I am afraid to mess them up . thanks woodwaster
     
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  3. marlingardener

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    I don't fertilize my tomato seedlings (or any seedlings) until the true leaves appear, and then at half or quarter-strength of the recommended dosage.
    Seeds and Mother Nature have their own timeline, and we just have to wait and be patient!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I don't fertilize either until a set of true leaves appear.
     
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    poodledoodlemom Seedling

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    What kind of fertilizer do y'all use? I guess I should be fertilizing mine!
     



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    PDM, I use manure tea, which is about two cups of well-rotted steer manure in a gallon of water. The proportions aren't critical, since it is a mild fertilizer and the plant uses only what it needs.
    For new seedlings, I double the water to manure ratio and apply it every other time I water.
    And, always water from the bottom!
     
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    I use whatever I have. Commercial or or organic, manure or a plant compost. I don't fertilize until there are true leave, either. Also, don't fertilize unless the sun is shining. Otherwise you are wasting the fertilizer.
     

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