If you are a gardener or are planning on one, you should consider using the wholesale Hungarian Diamond Core rather than the normal tomato variety that you usually see on supermarket shelves. There are many reasons for this. First of all, the seeds are smaller and cut more delicately, which makes them ideal for use in garden soil. They are also more difficult to find in the United States and Canada. This means that they are generally more expensive than their counterparts.
However, I would not necessarily recommend buying large quantities of seed to grow a lot of tomatoes. If you only need a few at a time, then it will be cheaper just to buy them at a time instead of gathering up lots of the tiny little ones. Just remember that they will bear fruit over a long period, so if you plan on selling them at any point, they must be strong and healthy. Otherwise they won't be appealing to consumers.
Tomatoes, being a vine, are a bit delicate as plants. It is easy for them to be damaged from adverse weather conditions or pruning. If pruned too harshly, they may not grow very well. So, take time when cutting them. Some varieties are more fragile than others, so I would suggest looking up various reviews of each type to determine which one to pick.
The best time for cutting tomatoes is after they have flowered and begun to produce their fruit. If you catch this early on, you can save yourself a lot of heartache later on. For these seedlings, I like to use a hoe to cut through the leaves and let the seed drop through, gently separating the flesh from the seeds. I always cut deep enough to keep the seed from sinking to the bottom and to keep some of it above the ground.
To prepare the seed, you just need to remove the seeds from their shell. You can cut them with a knife to make them easier to pierce, or if you want to make things easier, go to a farm store and buy a seed piercing gun. Then, you just simply insert the needle into the hole, and with practice, you'll get the right sized hole. Then just push the seed down deep inside, until it reaches its proper place.
You'll know that you've cut your tomato plant correctly if it starts to grow green. Now, it's time to put those tomatoes in a pot. Before putting them into the pot, you'll need to ensure that they're in a very well-drained environment. I recommend putting the cuttings directly into a well-oxygenated garden soil mix. A good rule of thumb is that you should have about a cup of water per pound of soil. This makes sure that your plants receive plenty of hydration.
After putting your tomatoes into the pot, you'll then need to add some good compost to the bottom. Just remember not to put too much composting mixture on top of your cuttings because that will make them too wet. Just let the compost settle to the bottom. And again, if you're feeling a little bit adventurous, you can cut holes in your tomato plants and add some holes too. Just be sure to clean those holes before putting them back into the ground, otherwise you'll have compost everywhere.
Last but not least, you need to put your cuttings into a hole, and then cover the whole thing with a plastic bag. Don't open the bag all the way because you don't want to spread the seed around and kill the roots. Cover the bag tightly with the soil and it should be good to go. If you have some old fruit trees, you can cut their branches and add those to your compost pile as well. Just make sure that you cut the branches just deep enough to allow you to see their roots when you cut them, otherwise you won't be able to tell which is the cut part and which is the root ball.