6 Great Reasons to Start Tomatoes From Seed


Starting tomatoes from seed is a new experience for many gardeners. Many of us are used to buying seedlings that have already been started by someone else. So why even go to all the trouble of starting tomatoes from seed in the first place?

tomatoes growing on vine

6 Reasons We Love Growing Tomatoes From Seed 

1. More Tomato Varieties

Although gardening stores do their best, there are only so many varieties that it’s practical to keep in stock. These stores have limited shelf space, so they pick the varieties that hold up well to the variable conditions of the store and will sell well.

By growing from seed, you can pick tomatoes that fit your tastebuds and gardening situation. Including access to more unique heirlooms, colors, and sizes. So if you want to try exciting flavors with names like “Cherokee Green Tomato,” "Hillbilly," “Mortgage Lifter,” and “Black Beauty Tomato,” you'll need to grow these from seed. 

2. Save Money with Tomato Seeds

Just one packet of seeds can grow a lot more tomato plants for a fraction of the cost. This gives you a chance to explore new varieties and take chances you might not otherwise. You can even share or trade seeds for more variety. 

bowl of heirloom tomatoes

3. Healthier Tomato Plants from Seed

Buying seedlings from someone else means you’re placing a great deal of trust in their process and care. This trust might be well-founded, but sometimes seedlings that have been grown to look great in the showroom don’t do so well in the “real world” of your garden and suffer from shock. You’ll be able to control the growing conditions of your tomato plants. You can give them the best experience from the first day all the way to hardening off. Which leads us to...

tomato seedling

4. Hardening Off Your Tomatoes

Your plants won’t have to undergo a journey from greenhouse to store to car to hardening off to garden. Instead, your plants will gradually be hardened off in a way that will spare them the shock of the rough handling and fluctuations in temperature some plants can get in the store. A more gentle transition can lead to healthier plants and earlier harvest.

5. You've Earned Bragging Rights!

That’s right, everyone will be more impressed when you’re able to say you took your tomatoes from seed to the dinner table. And growing tomatoes is a challenge. You’ll deserve that glow of pride when you bite into a juicy tomato you grew yourself.

tomatoes ripening on vine

6. Growing Tomatoes is Fun!

Yes, we saved the best for last. It’s absolutely delightful to grow your tomatoes from seed. You’ll learn more about your tomatoes along the way, and the whole process will make you smile. That fun angle is also perfect for helping infect kids with the gardening bug.


What kind of tomatoes do you like the best? Are you growing in containers or out in the garden? Whatever your answers, we hope you consider growing your next tomatoes from seed.


With so many delicious options from Sow Right Seeds, you're sure to find the right variety for you.




Written by Teresa Chandler

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