Tomatoe plants over winter
Susan 17 Posts: 95
in Fruit & veg
I took some cuttings before I sent my tomatoes plants to the compost bin, got them up stairs in the spare room and they are growing really quickly will they just grow and then fruit again aug. Sept next year or will they start to fruit again early with them being indoors?
Don't see them doing anything except cluttering your home...I 2nd the call for Italophile.
Tomato plants are better sown in spring. There isnt enough light over the winter to grow tomatoes
Ok I will put that down to experience and just start the process in Spring. Thanks Guys
Tomatoes are perennials. We only grow them as annuals because they aren't hardy but I don't see any reason why they shouldn't do well again next year if you can be bothered to over winter them. The genetic material is going to be exactly the same. As long as you feed them etc. I would possibly consider taking cuttings again and using those rather than the over wintered ones just so you're getting a good start with fresh compost. I thought about over wintering mine last year but was so sick of the site of them by November they went in the compost bin.
I usually get mine sown by February so I get a longer growing season but this year I cleared them out at the start of October since they were crawling along the roof and all the lower trusses had finished. I think I’m going to do two sowings next year or do like my dad does and take cuttings for the second flush.
Good advice thanks
Jim's right, they're technically perennials but not hardy in a UK climate. Years ago, in Sydney, I kept some plants going as an experiment. Sydney doesn't have a winter, per se. They kept producing but ended up running out of steam. While technically perennials, they have a finite properly productive life.
Susan, I'd try Jim's suggestion. Keep them going if you can and take cuttings next season. Start another crop from seed too.
Thanks I will do that