Tiny Tomatoes for Indoor Gardeningcomments (5) December 17th, 2012
I recently went to a holiday plant sale and there wasn't a single poinsettia in sight. There weren't any amaryllis or Christmas cactus either.
Instead of the typical indoor plants seen around the holidays, the Heirloom Tomato Farms in Denver hosted a one-of-a-kind holiday plant sale with one kind of tomato plants.
The long tables were covered with small paper bags containing one 'Tiny Tim' tomato plant. This heirloom variety is aptly named because the small plant grows only one-foot tall and produces snack-size cherry tomatoes. They're perfect for indoor vegetable gardening.
If you have a sunny southern window that gets about 6-8 hours of sun during the winter, you can grow these tomatoes.
'Tiny Tim' is just one variety that grows well indoors. Others include 'Pixie', 'Toy Boy', and 'Small Fry'.
The small plants need to be transplanted into a slightly larger container and may need to be staked if they start to get too tall. To prevent wet windowsills keep the container on a deep saucer.
Care for these pet plants just like you would a larger tomato plant grown outside. Water thoroughly as needed and fertilize lightly every few weeks. Be sure to let the soil dry slightly between waterings.
Once plants bloom, you'll need to help with pollination by brushing or tapping your finger on the stem and branches.
Every week or so, give the container a quarter turn so that all sides of the plant get sunlight.
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