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How to Grow Celebrity Hybrid Tomatoes

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Overview

Celebrity is a first-generation hybrid tomato made by crossing two nonhybrid tomatoes. The Celebrity tomato was hybridized to be resistant to strains of tomato wilt, as well as resistant to tomato-growing problems such as cracking. The tomato is all purpose, which means that it is designed to be used for everything from canning and cooking to slicing and serving fresh. Celebrity tomatoes are often ordered as seed from mail-order companies and started indoors before the last average frost date. People who start Celebrity hybrid tomatoes indoors transfer them to the garden after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 1

Wait until 6 to 8 weeks before your last average frost date to start Celebrity tomatoes.

Step 2

Fill a planting tray with peat moss, and mist until it is as damp as a newly wrung out sponge.

Step 3

Make shallow furrows, approximately ¼ inch deep, in your peat moss with a pencil.

Step 4

Place tomato seeds in the furrows. Space the seeds ½ inch apart.

Step 5

Pinch together the peat moss to cover the seeds and bury them ¼ inch deep.

Step 6

Place the seeds in a warm spot to germinate. Seeds need temperatures of approximately 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit to sprout.

Step 7

Place the planting tray in a window that gets direct sunlight or under grow lights. Tomatoes need strong light to grow.

Step 8

Continue misting to keep the peat moss moist and water the plants.

Step 9

Transplant the tomato seedlings to larger containers when true leaves emerge. To do this, lift the seedlings out by the peat moss cubes. Fill a larger container with soil and make a pocket in the center of the container for the peat moss cube. Place the cube in the pocket and fill in the sides with soil. Water well.

Step 10

Wait to transplant tomato plants outside until after all danger of frost has passed.

Step 11

Two weeks before planting the tomato seedlings, harden them off by moving them outside during the daylight hours. Keep the seedlings in a shady spot, and gradually leave them outdoors for longer periods.

Step 12

Dig a hole for each of your tomato plants that is as deep as the length from the bottom of the plant's roots to the top of the first set of leaves.

Step 13

Remove each tomato plant from its pot by tipping the pot on its side and tapping it gently to loosen the soil and root ball.

Step 14

Place the tomato plant in the planting hole. Cover the root ball and stem with soil up to the first two leaves. Pat to dislodge any air pockets. Repeat this process with each plant, and then water the plants well.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting trays
  • Peat moss
  • Seed mister
  • Grow lights (optional)
  • Plant containers
  • Potting soil

References

  • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens: Tomato Terms---or, What Is an F1 Hybrid, Anyway?
  • Organic Gardening: Tomatoes
  • Renee's Garden: Growing Tomatoes from Seed

Who Can Help

  • Container Gardening: Determinate vs. Indeterminate Tomatoes
Keywords: growing tomatoes, establishing plants, summer vegetables, Celebrity tomatoes, hybrid tomatoes

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.