Starting tomatoes from seed allows you to grow the variety and quantity you desire. The length of time between tomato seed germination and harvest varies with the type being grown. They were tomatoes, and the packet read 75 days to maturity. If i start my tomato seeds in march, ill be picking tomatoes by may. So imagine my confusion when the first tomatoes werent ready for harvest until the end of june and this was in a southern california garden that received ample warmth and. Days to maturity information can also help gardeners to plan their gardens for continuously blooming flowers and multiple crops. For example, a gardener can ensure a long summer of fresh tomatoes by planting early girls (which take 50 days to come to maturity) along with zebras (which take 75 days to come to maturity) and beefsteaks (which mature at 96 days). Like all other tomato plants the delicious variety also requires a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day. On average, it takes a delicious tomato plant 81 days to produce fully matured tomatoes. When stokes seed sends a seed pack of the same variety of tomato to me in zone 5, and to someone in zone 7, the package shows the same days to maturity number. But zone 7 has much warmer days, especially in spring, and tomatoes grow faster and fruit ripens earlier in warmer weather. if the number of days from the day you plant to the first frost is greater than the days to maturity, go ahead and plant your tomatoes. If youve missed out dont worry too much, look for other seed varieties that require shorter days to maturity and plant those instead. Germination is the first step toward making a plant, when a seed breaks open to form a root, then a stem, then leaves, at which point it can be called a seedling. Tomato seeds typically germinate in 5 to 10 days if given optimal conditions. Youll know seeds have germinated as soon as you see green plant emerging from the growing medium.