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Name: Sammy
Philadelphia, PA
Nov 24, 2017 12:58 PM CST
All –
Thanks for taking the time to read! So I have a small indoor greenhouse where I'm growing beefsteak tomatoes, sweet basil, mint, and long Italian eggplant. For the tomatoes a bunch of fruits have set (up to 1" diameter) and a ton more flowers bloomed. I was hoping to have tomatoes ready by Dec. 22 for some Xmas recipes but it seems evident that's too soon. My questions are 1) How can I speed up growth of already-set tomatoes, and 2) When is the earliest I can force-pick and ripen off vine without seriously comprising flavor?

Additional details and photos are below. Thank you!


• Six tomato plants in containers, two of which I have topped off
• Allowed one sucker to grow on each of two plants, the rest and all low foliage pruned
• Using ample red/purple/blue spectrum grow lights
• Using manual pollination via electric toothbrush, seems to be effective
• Keeping temp ~68-84 daily cycle, humidity varies from 50-70%
• Watering thoroughly once every 4 days or so
• Soil is slightly acidic and sufficient in potassium/phosphorous/nitrogen
• Feeding tomatoes Big Bloom and 5-5-5 fertilizer weekly
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 25, 2017 8:18 AM CST
Howdy from out west 😎
Humm ?🤔??? Let's see ....... 🕵️ !
Cut out the nitrogen, for now....... And ! Pray for a miracle !!!

Butt ? That's a little to much to ask of the good Lord . Butt ? Hay Shrug! !!! YA, never know. Angel

It will be interesting to know how much they grow in a month . You, let me know, will ya ?😀???
I never counted the days.

Raise your high temp to say 94.
Give them 16 hours of lite.
And , it seems that ? Eliminating the color of lite that makes them grow foliage, would be in order. I'm sure you know more about lite colors than I do. 👍
I do know people change lite colors, when they want there marijuana to make buds. Seams, it would stimulate tomato fruit the same .

I'd try it all. Just for kicks.
Have FUN !!! Hurray! 😀😀😀
Happy Belated Thanksgiving !

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Nov 25, 2017 11:18 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @skhetan .

If you are actually growing the variety "Beefsteak," they take about 75 days from transplanting the seedlings to having ripe fruit. And that is probably under ideal conditions, so it could be more. I don't think there is really any way to hurry them along... and I wouldn't pick them to ripen "off the vine" until they are at least beginning to show some color.

If you are able to get ripe tomatoes at all this time of year, under grow lights, whenever it happens I think it is quite an accomplishment! Thumbs up
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Name: Sammy
Philadelphia, PA
Nov 26, 2017 1:57 AM CST
Thanks sandy and philip! And lol to philip that was highly entertaining Hurray!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nov 26, 2017 1:26 PM CST
YOU welcomed, Ski !
I like to have fun.
Good ruck !!!
Tomatoes on the vine, in stores, I find , are the best you can do if ya cant have fresh off da vine.

If mators aren't ripe by Christmas..... Ya ever have, fried green tomatoes ?
Dad-burn-it ! D'Oh! !!! Look what you done !..... Made me hungry for fried green tomatoes ! AND ! AND ! You have the only ones ..... Thanks !.…..
That's OK . I'll get over it. 😞🤔😀😀😀 SEE !!!
Next year is just around the corner.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ! Angel Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!


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