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Overwinter tomato plants inside - not for fruit - anyone??

Posted by dancinglemons 7+ (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 13, 08 at 17:00

Hello all,

I am looking for information to overwinter some tomato plants inside. I am not looking to grow tomato fruit only to keep the plants alive until spring. This will be sort of a 'bonsai' effect with extreme pruning to keep the plants semi-dormant or very small @ less than 12 inches tall.

Anyone have info on this process?? Anyone tried this? I have green zebra and Dr. Wyche Yellow that I want to attempt this process with.


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RE: Overwinter tomato plants inside - not for fruit - anyone??

DL, I'm linking to a long thread that addresses your questions that was posted just a couple of weeks ago.

Some of the posts have to do with just maintaining plants and some have to do with trying to get production, but the majority of the posts are about overwintering without trying for fruit production which is what you asked about.

I remembered the thread and went to the bottom of this first page and entered overwintering plants, and up it popped.


Here is a link that might be useful: overwintering plants

RE: Overwinter tomato plants inside - not for fruit - anyone??

My question whenever this question comes up is - why? Work and time issues aside, what are you hoping to gain? A motley looking houseplant with yellow and dropping leaves that's prone to fruit fly and spider mite infestations?

It's not like it gives you any head start on production the following year. New plants will surpass it everytime.


RE: Overwinter tomato plants inside - not for fruit - anyone??

Thanks a million for that link. A UK gardener gave me the info I needed in a post on that thread.

Why?? The thrill of the unknown. I am retired and like to experiment. Will it be successful? Unless I try I will never know.


RE: Overwinter tomato plants inside - not for fruit - anyone??

"Reasons, you want reasons? I've got five good reasons right here!" (making a fist one finger at a time)-- Lucy.

"Those are some pretty good reasons!" (trembling and choking up) -- Linus.

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