How to Grow Tomatoes from Seeds from Fresh Tomatoes

fresh tomatoes growing on a tomato plant

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Growing a tomato plant from seed is easy. All you need to do is to cut a slice from the middle of the tomato and bury it 1 inch deep in the soil. They can be grown in open ground, or grown in pots. When germinating, water them daily and seeds should sprout within 3 weeks.

How to grow tomatoes from seeds from fresh tomatoes

  1. Use a small container or pot that is about 8 inches wide, with good drainage holes on the bottom.
  2. Fill the pot with soil and use your fingers to poke small holes for planting seeds. Spread out the seeds so that they are not touching each other and cover them with soil, patting them down gently to make sure there is good contact with the soil around them all.
  3. Water the pot until you see water coming through the drain holes at the bottom of the pot and cover with a clear plastic bag or lid until about halfway on top of the pot to keep moisture in until seeds start to sprout (keep it away from direct sunlight).

How Long Does it Take For a Tomato to Grow

It would typically take between 2 to 3 months for a tomato plant to grow and bear fruit. Some species of tomato may take longer. The growth of a tomato plant is dependent on other factors such as climate, as well as nutrients provided to them. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and would require lots of nutrients to grow. You can purchase special fertilizers just for tomatoes, or you could also make a simple homemade fertilizer using bananas.

How Much Sun Do Tomatoes Need?

Tomatoes thrive when they are given full sun throughout the day. If you are unable to provide full sun throughout the day, you should ensure that your tomato plant will be able to receive full sun for at least 4 hours a day. 

How Often Should You Water Your Tomato Plant?

Watering your tomato plant is important to ensure it has enough water to grow. Tomatoes are heavy feeders and their soil should be constantly kept moist. It is recommended for you to water them once daily, and when the weather is hot, you should consider watering twice daily. A good tip would be to look at the leaves of the plant as a good indicator of its hydration level. If the leaves are unable to maintain an upright position and look “weak”, it is a sign that the plant is lacking water.

Pruning Tomato Plants

The purpose of pruning your tomato plants is to ensure that there will not be an excessive number of stems that drain resources and hinders the healthy growth of plump tomatoes. To ensure that your tomato plant can grow healthily, you will have to prune any dying branches as well as any suckers to allow the remaining of the plant to receive maximum nutrients. Pruning would be most beneficial for tomato varieties that will keep growing taller and produce fruit until it is killed by frost. It would be pretty self-explanatory to removing dying braches, but pruning away suckers will require a little more technical knowledge. Suckers are shoots that form in the axils where side branches meet the stem. Remove suckers when they are still small to prevent them from receiving nutrients.

Extra Tips

Tomato plants are easy to sprout but can be challenging to maintain. For one, they are known to easily catch diseases as well as attracting pests. To ensure that your tomato plant can grow healthily, you will need to regularly prune your plant and brush the leaves to prevent pests from attacking it.


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