How to Grow Seedless Tomatoes


In 2009, Burpee introduced the "world's first seedless tomato" and the reviews have been mixed ever since. While some growers with digestive challenges delight in the ability to eat delicious tomatoes without the fear of seeds, other reviews of the plant on Burpee's website suggest the tomatoes aren't as sweet as Burpee claims. If you want to grow seedless tomatoes and see for yourself, then take the time to start your seeds well and plant out into the garden just like any other tomato variety.

Step 1

Prepare a seed tray with seed starting mix and plant your seeds only 1/8 of an inch deep, covering lightly, six to eight weeks before the last frost. Moisten the soil, place the lid on the tray, and set the entire tray in a warm location away from direct sunlight such as on the top of your fridge.

Step 2

Move the seed tray off the fridge once the seedlings have emerged and take the lid away. Set the seed tray in an area where it will receive the most direct sunlight possible each day, or use artificial light if necessary to give the seedlings at least eight hours of direct light.

Step 3

Dig the soil in your garden 8 to 10 inches deep, adding compost or garden soil if needed to give the soil a light, loose consistency. Apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer to the soil following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4

Dig one hole with your hand trowel for each tomato seedling you have, spacing the holes 24 to 30 inches apart. Each hole should be the same size as the root ball of your seedlings. Water each hole well to saturate the soil.

Step 5

Ease each seedling from the seed tray and place it in a hole. Secure the soil around the root ball of the seedling. Place a tomato cage around each seedling and push it down into the soil to hold it in place.

Step 6

Maintain a moist soil around the tomato plants by watering deeply twice a week, and continue to apply your fertilizer as often as the packaging recommends until the plants start to fruit. Harvest tomatoes when they have turned red and are fully ripe.

Tips and Warnings

  • Some claims of the seedless tomato suggest difficulty germinating the seeds, so if you are going to start your seedless tomatoes from seed use extra care and attention to ensure sufficient moisture, warmth and light are being given.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed tray with lid
  • Seed starting mix
  • Seedless tomato seeds
  • Water
  • Grow light, if needed
  • Shovel
  • Compost or garden soil
  • Fertilizer, low nitrogen content
  • Hand trowel
  • Tomato cage


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About this Author

Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.