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Asked on May 17, 2019

Is it safe to plant compost sprouts of tomato seedlings?

Kelli L. MilliganJanRedcatcec


When compost sprouts little tomato seedlings is it safe to plant them in your garden?

3 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on May 17, 2019

    Hi Matt,

    These are called "volunteer seedlings", and yes, they can be planted in your garden. The compost they are growing from is a very rich soil, full of nutrients.

    If you want to move them it would probably be from overcrowding. Unless you eat the same type of tomato, you will not have much idea what it is until it bears fruit.

    Mother nature has given you a gift.

    It always amazes me when this happens. We have the same situation but with either a melon or a cucumber volunteer, can't tell which at this point.

    • Matt
      on May 17, 2019

      Thanks for your response and because I use a variety of tomatoes, it will be interesting to see what develops. I have enough sprouts to share with friends.

  • Jan
    on May 18, 2019

    Yes. They have grown from the tomatoes you have already composted.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on May 18, 2019

    Absolutely. My friend hasn't had to plant tomatoes for years because of all her volunteers.

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