Moving tomatoes inside

elight(9b)August 27, 2011

Another hurricane-related tomato post! I live in the lower Hudson Valley, and it looks like we'll certainly be getting enough rain and wind to devastate my plants. This morning, I took the drastic measure of moving my tomato plant and my pepper plant, both in SWCs, indoors.

Hopefully I can put them back out late tomorrow night. Will they be OK spending two days indoors? Is there anything I can do to help them make it through?

Stay dry and be safe!

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If you have fluorescent lighting in your house anywhere, that would be the best place to put them - under fluorescent light. I believe fluorescent lights have a better spectrum for plants than incandescent bulbs. Some fluorescent lights have a better spectrum than others, but in general, I think they are better than incandescent lights for plants.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2011 at 9:39PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Or a really sunny location inside. You did the right thing bringing them inside. I don't think much harm would come to them even with dim light.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2011 at 10:47PM
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tomncath(St Pete Z10a Heat 10)

They never recover well if kept in dim light for more than 2 days. Any fluorescent light is preferable if you have it, but get them back outside as quickly as possible.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 9:01AM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Sorry! I'm thinking of my experiences with houseplants.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 4:47PM
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Thanks for your comments, everyone. It stopped raining around 11am (instead of the projected 9 pm) so I was able to get them outside for the afternoon, and they even saw quite a bit of sunlight. Of course moving a 8-9' plant inside by myself was difficult and the top of the main stem got got bent back... Hopefully it won't die.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 8:15PM
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