What are the pros? Fast germination
What are the cons? Weak finicky sprouts
I started these Romas, San Marzano indeterminant from Botanical interests, and Yellow pear (assuming indeterminant) from Ferry Morse-both USDA certified organic. The Baker creek sprouted the earliest by far. I sowed 20 seeds in 2-2' jiffy pots about 1/4" deep. I used Expert Gardener potting soil (from walmart) no amendments whatsoever and placed by south facing window. The first sprout was in 8 days and about half came up in the next 3 days. As of today, 19 days after sow, 17 of 20 seeds have sprouted. 100% of the yellow pear, and only 55% of the San Marzanos sprouted. My issues are that a few Romas sprouted late and because of the water needs of the earlier sprouts the younger ones succumb to root rot. Also, the seedlings overall appear weak relative to the other varieties I'm starting (same mix and conditions) I do not intend to use fertilizer before first true leaves appear. I will eventually transplant to outside garden and hope for better results. Will update.
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