My Tomato Plants: 6 days old

Okay, so I planted my tomato seeds 6 days ago, and this is what they look like now:


I forgot to check on them before now. They should have been put into the light as soon as they emerged. Now they’re really leggy! I also put too much water in the containers. They need to stay moist, but not sopping wet (like mine are).

As for my experiment, the tray I placed on top of the fridge out of sunlight (shown on left) did much better than the tray I placed in the windowsill (shown on right). I guess it is better that they germinate in a warm, dark place. (I just like to test these things out for myself!)

So now, I’m not sure what to do since my window doesn’t get enough sunlight and I don’t have growing lights. I put them outside in the sunshine today. I hope that doesn’t hurt them; it’s really the only way to get them good light.

I really want them to do well. If anyone has any experience growing tomatoes from seeds, please don’t just sit there and laugh at my feeble attempts… help a girl out! If you see that I’m not doing something that I should be doing, please let me know.

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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.


  1. Mine too started really leggy and now look fantastic! They are the strongest plants in my group. I have had really good luck with starting toms. inside… others well not so much. Patience will tell you what you need to know. Oh also, pinch off about 1/3 of the plant when they get a little bigger. Helps them to bush out

    Want to be jealous… Mine are about 6 weeks old and ready for outside (we are in Tennessee) They look as good as the ones at the co-op for 2.99!

    • Deanna,

      Okay, Mrs. Green Thumb 🙂 Share your secrets! My poor little tomatoes aren’t looking well at all. The potting soil I planted them in keeps getting as hard as a rock! I don’t get very good light inside, so I keep them outside during the day, and water them when they get dry. Can you tell what I’m doing wrong? Do you just have yours in a window or a grow light?? Do you fertilize them? What’s your secret?

  2. If they are too leggy, they probably won’t recover. (its very sad, trust me I lost some lettuce plants that popped up overnight and weren’t noticed for a while) I grew my tomato plants from seed and they started out looking a little leggy, but turned out fine after a bit of time. I have them in my kitchen in front of the glass doors. They didn’t get 6 hours of sunlight a day, and they turned out fine. I have been brushing the tops of them with my hands to encourage root growth though. You can also put a fan on them to help make the stem more stocky.

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