A lot of people love the idea to grow tomatoes in their garden or backyard. But, there are others who are not capable of doing it because of two factors which are the weather and space. In order to address this problem, they should have the knowledge about growing tomatoes indoors. Growing tomatoes indoors provide you with the advantage of growing and harvesting tomatoes all throughout the year. It does not care no matter how good or bad your geographical location or weather is. It also does not really require a very wide amount of space. Now, the question is, “How does growing tomatoes indoors being done?”.
When growing tomatoes indoors, there are several essential things that you must bear in mind: light, heat, humidity, soil balance, and tomato variety. Before growing tomatoes indoors, you should first be able to identify the right tomato variety to be grown. Since, you are onto growing tomatoes indoors, choose tomato varieties which do not grow that big. In order to keep your tomatoes growing, you also have to consider them receiving enough amount of light. But, how would you be able to do that if you are growing tomatoes indoors where sunlight is impossible to penetrate? For that matter, the solution would be to have “grow lights”.
Grow lights are just lamps or bulbs that are used as a replacement for sunlight. Today, there are lots of “grow lights” that are energy efficient. This is because these grow lights should be turn on for 12 to 15 hours daily, and having energy efficient grow lights can save you up some cash. Humidity and heat also play very important roles when growing tomatoes indoors. Without humidity and heat, it would be impossible to grow your tomato seeds. The heat is for the germination process of the seeds and humidity is for providing moisture to your tomato plants. The balanced amount of nutrients in your garden soil is also very necessary in order to provide your tomato plants with the right amount of nutrients that they need to stay healthy.
Be sure to also have the necessary gardening equipments or materials such as seed beds, containers, fertilizers, gardening hose or sprinkler, and etc. when everything is on hand, you could then proceed to the first step which sowing your tomato seeds in the seed beds. Water them regularly but avoid over-watering them as it may also cause damage to the seeds. Once the seeds have sprouted and reached about 5 inches in height, you could then transplant them to their corresponding containers. Sufficient amount of light from the grow lights should be provided for your tomato plants to undergo photosynthesis and grow as healthy as they can be. If ever you observed that your tomato plants are turning leggy, try to lower down your grow lights. Also, stalk your tomato plants for additional support. Apply fertilizer to boost up their growth and health, but avoid applying too much fertilizer as it may also result to your tomato plants getting “burned out”.
Now that you have the knowledge about growing tomatoes indoors, you can have the luxury of harvesting your favorite fruit anytime of the year. This is very beneficial especially for those who are living in apartments or condominiums. And of course, for those who love gardening and growing tomatoes but just do not have the luxury of having a wide space or good weather condition.
Linda H. Stephens is a well-experienced gardener who discovered a lot of secrets on how to grow big, juicy, and quality tomatoes and helped other people through specific tomato growing secrets. She compiled all her knowledge about growing quality tomatoes in her book “SUPER Growing Secrets: The Perfect Guide To Growing Quality Tomatoes” for other people’s benefit. To learn more about growing quality tomatoes, visit her website http://www.supertomatogrowingsecrets.com.