Winter Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Chasworth, CA
Question by JohnSandee
July 9, 2000
I want to grow Tomatoes inside my house this Winter. I have a south facing window, however, in the past when I tried to grow a Tomato plant in the window it just became tall & spindly & didn't produce any buds. I think that although the window allows Sun light for part of the day the early AM & PM light is blocked by the window jams.
Please advise what I might do (Grow Lights or?).
Thank you for your help.

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2000


Tomatoes are difficult to grow indoors. It's expensive to get them to blossom and bear fruit, since fluorescent bulbs don't provide the necessary light intensity. Sodium or halide bulbs in special heavy-duty fixtures do the trick - you can order them through Gardener's Supply Co. (down in the Burlington Intervale - 660-3505; Only you can decide the true value of homegrown, vine-ripened tomatoes in January! Enjoy!

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