Is it too late to start tomato seeds?

Tomato    OH Zone 6

I found some seeds I saved from last years tomato plants that I had completely forgotten about. I'm in zone 6 and have started planting other seeds a few weeks back. Am I too late to plant my tomato seeds now and if so will they be still be viable next year?

Posted by: Rosemarie (2 points) Rosemarie
Posted: April 11, 2013


I live in zone 4/5 and usually start tomatoes around the end of April for transplant in early June. Depending on the variety you have, you should be able to start the seeds now and enjoy a full harvest before frost hits your area. (Then, as Danny suggests, you could ripen firm green ones indoors.)

One note of warning: Don't plant seeds collected from a hybrid tomato (bred from at least two different varieties), as they won't come "true." Your new plant won't have the desirable characteristics bred into the hybrid you enjoyed last summer; in fact, it may not bear any fruit at all.

Posted by: Peg Boyles (5 points) Peg Boyles
Posted: April 12, 2013

We are just planting our tomato seedlings in Virginia along the ocean. If you have more heat-tolerant cultivars then you're perfectly fine and will get fruit in July-August. You can even start seedlings later if you want to do a fall harvest as well, depending on how long and mild your Fall weather is.

Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: April 12, 2013

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