A cherry tomato ideal for container growing and for growing in cold climates, the Juliet can be grown from seed or from a tomato start. Juliets form oval-shaped fruits that weigh approximately 1 oz. each and are resistant to splitting. The tomatoes mature in 60 days. If you plan to begin seeds indoors, start six to eight weeks before the final frost date for your region.
Fill a seed tray with seed starting mix. Then poke two 1/4-inch deep holes in each compartment using a pencil.
Place one Juliet seed in each hole. Then cover the hole with seed starting mix. Water the mix until it is saturated. Cover the seed tray with its plastic lid. Check on the water level daily, adding more water if it seems dry. The seeds should germinate within one week.
Move the seed tray to a south-facing window once the seeds germinate. Remove the cover from the tray. Water the seeds so the soil is always moist and rotate the tray from side to side so all sides receive equal sun. Rotate the tray once per day.
Transplant the seedlings into 4-inch pots once they have two to three sets of leaves, using one seedling per pot. Fill the pots with potting mix, then poke a large hole in the center of each pot. Pull the seedlings up one by one, using a fork stuck in the seed chamber to pry up reluctant seedlings. Place the seedlings in the new pots so that the stems are buried and only the leaves are above ground. Then cover over the holes and water the transplanted seedlings.
Allow the seeds to remain indoors until outdoor temperatures average 55 F, then begin to harden the seedlings by placing them outdoors for several hours. Increase this amount time over two weeks until the seedlings are outside all day.
Fill a container three-fourths of the way with potting soil. Plant one tomato stem in a 6-inch container and two in a 10-inch container. Avoid planting Juliet tomatoes in the ground.
Remove one Juliet tomato seedling from its pot, or remove one store-bought start from its container. Create a hole in the container.
Place the tomato seedling in the container, burying the stem and roots under the soil. Then water the newly planted Juliet tomato until the soil becomes saturated.
Place the container in a location where it will receive full sun. Continue to water the tomatoes when the soil dries out; Juliet tomatoes in containers may require daily watering.
Mix a water-soluble 20-20-20 fertilizer with water. Store the fertilizer in a spray bottle. Dose the container tomatoes with this fertilizer weekly by pouring fertilizer-water mix into the container just after watering.
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