Days To Maturity

Asked July 17, 2019, 1:57 PM EDT

Define days to maturity. Does the number of days to maturity on a seed packet mean from day of planting or after seed and emerged?

What about plants to be set out such as tomatoes?
Thank you,
Fred Younkins

Frederick County Maryland vegetables plant care

1 Response

Hi- days to maturity means both things. The convention that is used is as follows:

for vegetables that are typically planted directly as seed in the garden (beans, peas, lettuce, spinach, squash, cucumber, beet, kale, collards) the date means from planting seed

for vegetables that are typically grown from transplants (tomato, pepper, eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, muskmelon, watermelon) the date means from planting transplants

When in doubt check seed catalogs.
Jon