Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:06 pm

I bought in a tomato plant in a pot. Put it in the basement. Sun light about 6 hours a day. Grow light at night. Temperature is just above 60 degrees to about 65 degrees. No blooms. Only tomatoes were the ones still on the vine when I brought in the plant. Thoughts.

Next issue. I just planted radishes, onions, and beets in pots. Same location. Appears to me that since these are cool season plants, they should do well. Thoughts.

And, any other vegetable that would do well in containers, indoor, within the temperature range.

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:08 pm

needs to be in the 80's or higher for the tomato plant, plus it needs a certain amount of light and certain amount of dark. your other plants should do well since they are a root

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:21 pm

Tomato needs more heat,---also then comes the pollination process, some say that you can hand pollinate but I never tried it so dont know if it works or not!--greenhouse growers use a small type of bumblebee to do the job,(not something you want in the basement)!---there are hand vibrators to also shake the flowers and should work well!

Most seeds need soil temps. of 65 or higher to grow good, the hotter the better!---humidity would be another thing to consider.

There are several greenhouse varieties of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, etc that should do well in pots as long as the conditions are right!
Hope this helps! thanks; sonny

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:03 pm

I did on-line research before putting the tomato plant in the basement. According to one source my basement temp is in the ballpark. But, part of the problem could be the type of tomato. We'll see.

One thing, There was fruit still on the vine when I brought the plant inside. They did ripen up. Next fall, just before the freeze, I'll bring in a couple of tomato plants. Extend the season by several weeks.

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:04 pm

Any toms. set before frost outside then dug up and potted and brought indoors should ripen!---That can extend your tom. season by several months!!!---A good thing when you can have maters for Christmas dinner!!! lol! thanks; sonny

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:15 pm

Years we plant undeterminate varities we pull the plants and hang them upside down in the cellar and have maters for christmas. Last few years we have had determinate varities, they grow so much and then give up the ghost.

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:18 pm

boy the great ideas i get here, basements warm and a hose is there, heck i might put in some raised beds. :-:-): 8) :-:-):

Re: Tomatoes - indoor - winter - container

Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:43 pm

You can grow cabbages, broccoli, loose leaf lettuce,carrots,snap peas,and green onions. I grow these here outside in the winter since we don't get many frosts. I would suggest starting seed with a heat mat or in a warmer area and then move to where your other plants are.