How to grow tomatoes indoors

Growing your own vegetables can be a fun and rewarding hobby, especially when you can enjoy the fruits of your labour! The best part is, growing your own tomatoes doesn't have to be limited to the summer months! In this article, we'll examine how you can grow your own tomatoes indoors.

Why grow indoors?

Store-bought tomatoes lack the punch and freshness of the homegrown variety, which means that the cold winter months can leave your tastebuds neglected. That doesn't have to be the case - growing your favourite vegetables indoors will allow you to produce tomatoes all year round!

How to grow tomatoes indoors

The first thing you must do is pick a spot for your tomatoes to live. You don't want them to be in the way, but they should be easy to get to. Even the floor will work, as long as it's not too cold - you should be aiming for a temperature of around 15-20 degrees, so keep that in mind when picking your spot!

Successfully growing a tomato requires two key elements - light and warmth. If you live in a warm climate, you may be able to use natural sunlight to grow your vegetable, however if this isn't possible, you will need to invest in a grow light to ensure your plant stays healthy.

Next, germinate your seeds in a small pot with seed starter mix, placing two or three seeds in each pot. It's important to ensure the mixture stays slightly moist, but don't over do it! If you're using a grow light, switch it on for around 12 to 14 hours a day, keeping the bulb around an inch away from the plant.

As your tomato begins to grow, you may choose to move it into a larger container. Be careful not to ruin all of your hard work during the transfer! Remember that you should only use one sprouted seed per container, so separate them if need be.

When your tomatoes are approximately 3 inches tall, it's time to start fertilising and watering them. Be careful not to drown your plants in too much water - judge using the dryness of the soil!

Don't forget that your plant will need to be pollinated. As soon as yellow blooms appear, gently shake the plant every week or so. Finally, you will need to ensure your plant has plenty of support as it grows taller, so make sure to add a small stake or trellis and make sure the weight is evenly balanced.

Enjoy your creation!

If you've been careful and followed the techniques outlined above, you should begin to see the proof of your efforts - fresh tomatoes that can be enjoyed all year around! If things haven't gone exactly to plan, don't worry - growing your own vegetables is fun and relatively inexpensive, so give it another try and learn from your previous mistakes. Good luck!

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