Growing tomatoes indoors is possible and highly rewarding. We all know that tomatoes that we grow ourselves taste better than what we buy in a supermarket. Let us think about what you need to know if you are considering growing tomatoes indoors.
Tomato variety needs to be analyzed first. You need one that is crack resistant. Not every tomato can deal with indoor environments. Then we have to analyze the soil. A good standard potting soil is made out of sphagnum peat, perlite, and vermiculite in equal parts. Good PH can be adjusted with the addition of 1 hydrated teaspoon of lime for every 4 liters of good soil mix.
Tomato seed planting is done after soil is prepared. This is sometimes a little difficult. The starting seeds are as important as growing the plants. Tomato seeds planting brings in a need to planting the seeds at around 1/4 inches depth with around eight seeds per every inch. The first days after plantation, they should be covered so that they do not dry out.
Now we are faced with the one part of growing tomatoes indoors that is the easiest: taking care of the plants. They need to stay under two or three good fluorescent lights that need to stay on from 18 to 24 hours daily. An ideal growth temperature is around 70 degrees during the daytime and 65 degrees during night time. Transplanting the plant is necessary after you see it reach a minimum height of around 12 inches and you need to use one-gallon containers. You should be able to pick the fruits after around 60 days.
When growing tomatoes indoors flowering steps out as being the most difficult part. If you want to do everything properly, then you have to learn force flowering. You can see that one tomato will flower in 2 months while the one near it can even stay 80 days till flowering.
If you are looking for flowering, then you have to move the plant towards a 3 gallons container. You need to constantly remember that you can receive help in the event that you are faced with problems. You can grow your tomatoes indoors and even flower them, but you will find that the difficulty level when compared to outdoors, is higher custom.