Winter Tomatoes? At Home?
Being a horticulture student, I have taken any number of oddly shaped, oversized plants on transit, in my car, on an aeroplane, even in bicycle baskets. But this.. this has to be a first. Yesterday I brought home a full size greenhouse production tomato plant in the front seat of a car, and three more in the back of a pickup truck in February. Why did I do this? Because I'm a little bit nuts? You should have seen the faces of the people we pulled up beside at spotlights... I had no other choice, I don't have access to sophisticated insulated trucking! And yes that's yesterday's floral arrangement tucked in my lap
We had too many tomato plants in our trial at the school's greenhouse, and I want to try my hand at home/urban agriculture so I brought four of them home! I've situated them in front of a huge south facing window, to take advantage of what winter sun I can glean. I do know I'll need supplemental lighting, but I'm trying to limit having to turn it on. Its like a spaceship has landed in my office when I turn it on!
Overhead I have an externally ballasted 250W HID fixture/reflector with alternate bulbs: metal halide & high pressure sodium, then lighting the side of the plants I have a bank of 4 T5HO 6400k self ballasting lamps.
I have absolutely no idea how this home grown indoor winter tomatoes thing is going to go, but I'll keep you posted! :)
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