PostHeaderIcon Growing Tomatoes Indoor – Tips to Get Started

Tomato is one of the most popular vegetable plants for indoor vegetable gardening. Simply look around the home gardens in your neighborhood; you’ll find that it is not surprising to find the tomato plant in almost every home garden. Growing tomatoes is relatively easy as it requires minimum attention from the gardener during the time of growth. For tomatoes to grow well, all it takes is adequate water, sufficient sunlight, love and a little patience. It is no wonder almost 90 percent of the vegetable gardeners have tomatoes in their garden.

Tomatoes love heat and don’t usually grow as well outdoors during winter. If you love to have tomatoes all year round, you can consider growing tomatoes indoors. One of the key advantages of growing tomatoes indoor is that weeding is eliminated. However, as tomatoes require lots of sunshine, some gardeners might find the lighting in their homes inadequate. In such cases, a good alternative would be to use fluorescent lights.

If you are thinking of growing tomatoes indoors but are unsure of how to go about. Here are some simple tips to get you started.

First, you need to know that tomatoes thrive in warm temperatures. Hence, you should maintain the indoor temperature at about 70 degree Fahrenheit for your tomato plant to be strong and healthy.

Next, spend some effort to prepare the soil as it is important for plant growth. Mix the soil well with compost and well rotten manure if you are using sandy soil. Super phosphates are recognized to be the best nourishment for appropriate growth. Alternatively, you can also mix the soil with sphagnum, vermiculite or peat moss. This ensures your tomato plant is provided with the required nutrients.

Ensure that your container or pot has good drainage system. You’ll want to have the water penetrate through the pot when you water. The soil should always be moist but not soggy to prevent the roots from rotting. Drill some drainage holes in your container if it doesn’t come with holes.

Your tomato plant requires sunlight to grow well. If the lighting indoors is insufficient, you can use artificial lights such as fluorescent lights.

Finally, ensure your tomato plant is transplanted into a big and deeper pot once the seedlings are about 3 inches tall. A bigger, deeper container allows the plant roots to have space to develop an excellent root system. This in turn produces big, juicy and tasty tomatoes.

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