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Old 12-05-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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It all depends where your at. Northern latitudes don't really have enough sun to get the plants going at this time of year.

How many plants you want to end up with?

Is starting them and caring for them like pets part of the fun for you?
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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I grew tomatoes on the porch in tubs, the small type of plants. I ended up with some bought as small plants and some planted by seed in the pots. When (sadly) old man winter came up a few weeks ago all the ones planted as starter plants have already died. The ones started by seed were still green and had blossoms. Three nights of below freezing killed them but overall they were much tougher plants grown in place.

Next year I order seed and skip looking for the plants.
Honestly, it doesn't matter. Once the temperatures begin to cool, the plants aren't producing anymore. Your experience really doesn't mean one method is superior to the other. Whether you buy plants or seeds -- it doesn't matter. Having done both off and on all my life, I can tell you there is no difference. The only thing you gain from starting plants from seed is the enjoyment of seeing them come up and in knowing you started them from seed. If you're growing many many plants, I'd guess you can save some money too, but generally, tomato plants are pretty cheap.
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Old 12-06-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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Tomato plants are usually only a few buck or less and you can choose the best looking and strongest ones from the bunch at the garden center.

Growing your own from seed can be fun if that's what you enjoy. I recommend germinating 50% to 100% more than you think you'll need and just keep the most vigorous ones for you garden.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Tomato plants are usually only a few buck or less and you can choose the best looking and strongest ones from the bunch at the garden center.

Growing your own from seed can be fun if that's what you enjoy. I recommend germinating 50% to 100% more than you think you'll need and just keep the most vigorous ones for you garden.
Yes, this is excellent advice.
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