Starting Tomato Seeds Indoors

I started my tomato seeds today. I decided to just plant one variety this year to be easier on myself, since this is the first time I’ve ever gardened. So, I planted my Brandywine Pink Heirlooms.


Here’s what I did:

  • cut a cardboard Orange Juice container in half long ways.
  • poked holes in the bottom for drainage.
  • filled each half with potting mix, and wet the soil slightly.
  • placed three seeds together here and there in the soil.
  • covered the seeds with 1/4 in. potting mix.
  • placed these planters in giant ziplock bags (to create a greenhouse effect).
  • put one of the covered containers on top of the back of the fridge until they start emerging (this is the germination period).

From what I’ve read, during germination it is best to keep them in a warm place, out of sunlight. Then once the seedlings begin to emerge, place them in good light.

  • As an experiment, I put the other covered container on the kitchen windowsill, on the shadier side. I just want to see which one will do better, since the window doesn’t let in too much light.

The seedlings should emerge in 3-5 days. I planted them today because it takes 5-7 weeks before you can plant them outdoors. According to the Farmer’s Almanac May is a good month (in my area anyways) for planting tomatoes, so the timing should be just right.

I sure hope they do well!

If you are an experienced grower of tomatoes, and have any advice for me, I am eager to hear from you!!

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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. Thanks for sharing! Hope they all do well. I’m still waiting for my seeds to arrive…guess I should look into that since I ordered a few weeks ago.

  2. This is my first year growing from seed, so I don’t have much experience. I do know that if you have more than one kind, label them with something besides a mark on the side of the container (oops). I now have cherry and regular sized tomatoes in two colors, and I don’t have a clue which is which.

    Oh, and once they get the second set of leaves, you should put a fan on them or brush your hands over them to en courage root and stem growth. Mine are about 3-4 inches tall and just waiting for the first week of May (I started them a little early because of spring fever).

  3. My tomato seeds did really well last year. This year, jury is still out. One thing I do is drape a dark cloth over the greenhouse for a few days as the seeds germinate. I think I must have read that somewhere! Then, after they start to sprout, I remove the cloth but leave the plastic on until they’ve all sprouted (or until they get too tall!)

  4. Looking forward to seeing how yours do. We tried planting tomatoes last year & they died, lol. But we really didn’t know what we were doing and didn’t do enough research. I’m thinking of getting started on some more, this coming week.

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