How to Thin Your Tomato Plants

Tomatoes can be a bit finicky even for the best of growers. We like to thin our seedlings to give our 'maters a boost in their infancy. While it might feel counterintuitive to tear out the little seedlings, removing excess tomato seedlings will allow each plant sufficient space, sunlight, and nutrients to grow. Here are a few tips and tricks for thinning tomato plants.


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Tips for thinning tomato seedlings:

1. Tomato plants are ready for thinning when seedlings reach 2-3 weeks of age or approximately 3-4 inches in height.

2. When choosing which seedlings to pull and which to leave, keep the larger, more-developed seedlings and remove weaker, smaller seedlings.

3. To thin tomato seedlings, pull gently upwards from the soil or use scissors to sever the seedling close to the soil. 


4. Thin seedlings so that individual plants are 1-2 feet apart, depending on the type of tomato (larger varieties require more space than smaller varieties). If growing a Seedsheet, it's easy! Just thin to one plant per pod.


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