You can grow tomatoes indoors, but they are usually smaller and produce less prolifically than their summer cousins. Choose appropriate varieties when growing indoor tomatoes and learn the tips on how to grow tomatoes indoors. Then, that fresh, sweet flavor can be yours all winter long. Your tomato is fruited and will continue to blossom more. To have the flowers turn into fruit simply flick the flower stem with your finger two or three times OR use an old electric toothbrush and it’ll do the job great. Keep in a sunny window and temperatures at least 18 C or more. Flowering is promoted with warmer temperatures of 24-29 C. Older plants will gradually stop producing, so you can’t save them forever, but you can extend the harvest.
Fertilize with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks. Follow instructions on your fertilizer guide and do not overfertilize. Turn your plant frequently so each side gets adequate sun and flower and fruit production is even. Stake the plant as needed to prevent the fruit from dragging and breaking the limbs. Winter growing tomatoes will produce in about the same time as their outdoor counterparts.
If, your fruit is starting to rot on the ends it most likely means that your soil is lacking calcium. Simply use a “TUMS” tablet cut in half and mix it into the soil or use liquid calcium as per the instructions provided by the retailer.
Start new tomato plants from the “mother plant” anytime. You can start any number and will want to find a “sucker”. Simply clip the sucker and insert it in a new post of seed starter or another great growing compound. DO NOT use garden soil as your tomato will most likely not grow well and it may contain insects, nematodes, or other unwanted viruses or pathogens. Wait until the sucker has at least 4 leaves before clipping it. If you want to you can use a rooting agent to give the sucker an extra boost.
Red Robin is open-pollinated which means you can save the seed and grow new plants from seed.
Alternating periods of drought and flood can really stress a plant’s root system and provide cracked tomatoes. Tomatoes like having their roots consistently moist, but not wet. Self-watering planters make it easier to keep plants watered. Avoid watering on a schedule, such as once a week. Rather, stick your finger in the soil to check soil moisture!
Check your tomato or other houseplants for disease or insects. It is always a good idea to isolate any new plant for a couple of weeks, just to make sure there are no problems. Each time you water your plants, inspect both the top and undersides of the leaves for signs of pests or disease. If you suspect anything, isolate the plant from your other plants until you have eliminated the problem.
We suggest washing the leaves of your tomato plants once a month. Dust and grime on tomato doesn’t just look bad; it is also bad for the health of the plant. Dust clogs the pores of plant leaves, making it difficult for the plant to respirate. In addition, dust filters sunlight before it reaches the plant, decreasing the amount of photosynthesis the plant can undertake. Dust and grime can also attract and harbor spider mites and other insect pests.
Wash the leaves with a moist, soft cloth. You can use a hand sprayer or sink sprayer to douse them with room temperature water. Another option is to place the plant under a showerhead and spray it. In all cases, the water should be lukewarm — not cold or hot. You can add a few drops of mild liquid dishwashing soap which helps with almost all pests.
Only prune and harvest with a small pair of scissors. If you rip or pull off a leaf or tomato you risk damaging the plant.
Pruning: Prune of any leaves which have any brown tinges on them. It is normal for plants to lose leaves while they grow new ones. Discard old leaves. If you have a branch that is growing more than others, you can simply use it to start a new plant or just leave it to bear more fruit.
Harvesting: To harvest tomatoes, it is best to remember to let them fully ripen and harvest just before consuming. Placing them in the fridge changes the chemical composition of the tomatoes and they will not taste as sweet as they are when eaten fresh.