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I aam want to grow tomatoes in doors in a five gallon bucket through the coming Missouri winter. Having not done this before I am seeking advice on best methods use by forum community. Thank you in advance for your help.
I am going to try this as well this winter in PA. What I read so far is you have to keep a good reflector on a good light about 6 inches above the plant.
I'm not going to use a grow light but a mini fluorescent bulb, 200watt daylight (5000-6500K value)
Your suppose to feed it every time you water it, let the soil get a little dry between waterings. Once you get flowers on you have to 'shake' the plant twice a week to encourage pollination.
Best of luck to you (and me lol)
Where exactly are you going to put the plants in your home? I'd like to try since we have mild winters here. I was thinking of turning my screened in porch into a greenhouse by putting plastic up. Just wondering about your set-ups.
Based on my humble experience, you can grow one plant in a 6-inch pot or two plants in larger pots. For a continuous winter supply, start one or two new plants from seed every two weeks. Recommended varieties are Pixie, Patio, Toy Boy, Small Fry or Tiny Tim. These varieties will produce small plants, but they still may need to be staked, especially when they begin to bear fruit. Quarter-inch dowels make good stakes.
Good luck trying to grow tomatoes during the off season.As the days grow shorter the amount of light required to grow them is the same as during Summer.I have a commercial green house and have never been able to come close to what we pick during Summer.If you decide to try to grow them in the Fall,try a short season variety.Good luck! I hope that helps.