Tomato plant is one of the best options to grow on your own pursuit. Aside from you can have everyday access to fresh tomatoes for free, you can also make it a business. Perhaps you are surprised to know that you can actually grow indoor tomato plants. Yes, you can. Planting indoor is an option when you don’t have a sufficient backyard space or if you want to continue growing plants during the winter season. In this article, you will learn simple techniques on how to successfully grow indoor tomato plants.
Actually, tomato plants are low maintenance. The basic planting elements apply: soil, water, light, and temperature. The most delicate part of course is the seed germination. Make sure to prepare a good soil mix. A standard potting soil mix contains vermiculite, perlite, and sphagnum peat. Some even adds 10% of worm castings. Some also add a teaspoon of hydrated lime in adjusting the ph to prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes.
Now, let’s proceed with the seed planting. Make sure to plant the seed ¼ inch deep and 8 seeds per inch in a nursery tray. Prevent them from drying out by covering them for two days or by spraying a mixture of water and Thrive Alive B1 for moisture. In five days, the seeds will begin to pop up. By this time, removing any covering you placed. You should light the sprouts using a fluorescent, 4 to 6 inches far, 18 to 24 hours per day.
When the plant reaches 12 inches tall, start transplanting in a 6-inch deep container. Again, keep your plants under 2 to 3 fluorescent lights. Remember that in daytime, your plants have to be under 70-75 degrees and at night, 65-67 degrees in temperature. You can feed them high-quality fertilizer but do not overdo the watering. You should know when the moisture is enough.
After six weeks, or eight weeks maximum, from the first day of planting, your plants should begin flowering. When flowers develop, pollination must begin. The temperature must be warm and humid to succeed. The best time of the day for pollination is at noon (12 pm). Using an electric toothbrush, help the flower pollinate. Support the main branch and truss using the electric toothbrush while it is turned on. This technique manually releases the pollens from the anther to the female carpel. In a maximum of 80 days, you’ll definitely see the fruits of your labor.