You Can Grow Tomatoes Indoors Easily
How To Grow Tomatoes Indoors.
You don't have to jump through hoops or do anything really special to grow tomatoes indoors in the winter. If you'll just follow along I'll have you growing tomatoes indoors in front of a south facing window in no time at all. I do use a plant grow light in the winter to help my plants along and it helps to produce luscious tasty tomatoes that will have you craving more.
The cherry or plum tomato is the perfect tomato to grow indoors because they grow quick and easy and you can grow them in hanging baskets. If you grow them in hanging baskets in front of a south facing window with a grow light mounted up over them you will be rewarded with plenty of juicy wonderful tasting tomatoes in the middle of winter. And once you have had your own delicious home grown tomatoes in the middle of winter you'll be hooked forever on growing tomatoes indoors.
And here we are going to be growing cherry tomatoes but you can grow plum tomatoes easily also. I have grown both and if you just follow the basic instructions on this page you can easily grow cherry tomatoes indoors with almost no effort at all.
Pollinate Your Tomato Plants Yourself
You will need to use a small artist paint brush to pollinate your tomatoes. Just go from tomato bloom to tomato bloom sticking the end of the artist paintbrush into each flower. Do this very gently just like you were a bee. Don't push hard or the flower can fall off. Be very gentle.
For Growing Your Cherry Tomatoes You Will Need.
1. 1-4 Hanging Baskets with the hanging handles you can put on and take off easily.
2. 1 50 Pound Bag good quality potting soil.
3. 1 Package Plastic Cling Wrap.
4. 1 Package of Cherry Tomato Seeds.
5. 1 Small Thermometer.
6. 1 Spray Bottle for spraying water to water your tomato plants with.
7. 1 Package Miracle Grow Plant Food.
8. 1 Fluorescent Plant Grow Light.
9. 1 Simple Timer to Turn Off And On Grow Light.
You will want a small table you can set your hanging baskets on to start with in front of the south facing window. Later you will want to move it out of the way. Later you will want to be able to hang your hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes in front of the south facing window.
Fill your hanging baskets full of the good quality potting soil. In each hanging basket plant 3 tomato seeds in 3 one inch deep holes about 2 inches apart. Then cover each hanging basket with the plastic cling wrap. Place your thermometer in the center of one of your hanging baskets so you can read the temperature through the plastic wrap.
Place your hanging baskets on the table and mount your grow light above the top of the baskets about three feet above the top of the hanging baskets. The ideal temperature for your tomato seeds to grow into plants is 80 degrees. You will want to plant your tomato seeds and then wet the soil in the top of each hanging basket well. Then cover the top of each hanging basket with the cling plastic wrap.If your soil gets to dry while your waiting for your tomato plants to come up you will have to wet it again. And keep it wet until you see the tomato plants start to come up.
Once they are up remove the plastic cling wrap and set your timer for the grow light to be on for 12 hours a day and off for 12 hours a day. Once your tomato plants are up about 6 inches you can attach the hanging devices to your baskets and hang them up. You want your grow light about 3 feet above your tomato plants. Once your plants are up to about 6 inches add a tablespoon of the Miracle Grow Plant Food to your water bottle and shake it well each time you go to water your tomato plants. Don't let your soil get powder dry but don't keep it soaking wet either.
Once you see blooms your going to need a very small model car paint brush and you will want to pollinate your tomato plants by touching inside each tomato bloom with the model car paint brush being sure to be gentle but be sure you touch inside each bloom at least twice. As new blooms come on you'll want to be sure to pollinate them. And before long you will see cherry tomatoes and if your like me you won't hardly be able to wait for the day the tomatoes turn red and are ready to pick and eat.
As long as you keep the ripe tomatoes picked off your plants will keep producing tomatoes and remember as new blooms come on to pollinate them with your model paint brush. Just always be very gentle when you are pollinating your tomato plants.
And now you know exactly how to grow tomatoes indoors. If you have any questions just ask them below now and I will be quick to give you a answer as soon as possible.
Post your comments or questions about how to grow tomatoes indoors now.
nickatnoon61 on December 27, 2017:
Thanx for the info! U can also use an electric toothbrush to pollinate apparently. This is my 1st year growing indoors. It is Dec. 27, and I have 2 almost ripe already and 13 more green ones formed. I don't pick them until they are VERY ripe, for more sugar content.
sperlative on April 25, 2012:
I'm just exploring starting a garden but I don't have much in the way of natural light. Can you recommend a way to substitute for a south facing window using grow lights?
Becky from Oklahoma on January 17, 2011:
Are you using a specific product on the model car paint brush to pollinate the tomato blooms? I'm eager to try growing them indoors in pots. Great Hub. Thanks for the information.
Thomas Byers (author) from East Coast , United States on November 25, 2009:
Your very welcome. And yes it is quite easy to grow the cherry tomatoes indoors
suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on November 25, 2009:
Oh - this is a keeper - I'm going to try it. Thanks.