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Grow Tomatoes Indoor Successfully With These Tips

Author : Stella Dawson

Tomato is one of the most popular vegetable plants for indoor vegetable gardening. Just take a look around the home gardens in your area; you will discover that it is not surprising to find the tomato plant in almost every home garden. Growing tomatoes is pretty straightforward as it does not require a lot of attention from the gardener during the time of growth. For tomatoes to grow well, all it takes is ample water, sufficient sunlight, love and a little patience. This explains why the tomato plant is so popular among vegetable gardeners.

Tomatoes thrive in warm environments and do not usually grow as well outdoors during winter. If you desire to have tomatoes throughout the year, you can consider growing tomatoes indoors. Elimination of weeding is one of the biggest advantages of growing tomatoes indoor. However, as tomatoes require plenty of sunshine, some gardeners might find the lighting in their homes lacking. In such cases, fluorescent lights would come in handy to increase the brightness indoors.

Regardless of the type of tomatoes that you intend to grow, there are a few pointers which you would want to take note of.

1. Temperature
Tomatoes grow better in warm temperatures. If you want your tomatoes to grow strong and healthy, you should maintain the indoor temperature at 70 degrees Fahrenheit at all times.

2. Soil Requirement
Soil is a key consideration in growing any plants. To give your tomato plant a good headstart in growth, you will have to put in some effort in preparing the soil. Mix the soil well with compost and rotten manure if you are using sandy soil. Or, you can also mix the soil with sphagnum, vermiculite or peat moss. Doing so will supply your tomato plant with the nutrients that it requires.

3. Proper Drainage
As with any indoor container plants, drainage is significant to the survival of the tomato plant. You would want to minimize stagnant water in the pot to prevent the roots from rotting. There should be drainage holes at the bottom of the pot to provide good drainage.

4. Transplanting
Having a robust root system encourages the production of big, juicy tomatoes. Once the seedlings reach about 3 inches height, you should transplant them into a bigger and deeper container or pot to allow the roots to grow. While transplanting the seedlings over, do take extra care to ensure the roots are not damaged.

5. Fertilizers
Fertilizers are important elements for the growth in tomato plants. As soon as you have transplanted your tomato plant into the new container, you can start to add some fertilizers to ensure the plant is healthy. Do not neglect watering your plant. The soil should always be moist but not soggy.

Growing tomatoes can be fun and satisfying. It does not take up a lot of your time and it can also be a way to de-stress for busy, city dwellers. Besides, growing tomatoes can also be a time for your family to bond over gardening time. This can be especially fun and enriching if you have little ones at home.

Remember that tomatoes grow well almost anywhere. As long as you practice the above tomato growing tips, you should be on your way to expecting a good harvest. Perhaps, you should start looking for tomato recipes to plan for a feast at home

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