Friday, October 1, 2010

More Jelly Bean Tomatoes in the Indoor Grow Box

Keith told me this week that some Jelly Bean tomatoes in the indoor grow box are finally starting to ripen.  Before I get home this weekend to see them for myself, I wanted to share a couple of pictures from last weekend.

Compared to three weeks ago when this tomato plant first started showing evidence of lateral growth, the plant has put on a lot of growth in terms of stem, foliage and fruit.  The stems and branches are now growing every which way that they can within the confines of the indoor grow box.  I'm guessing that the plant is stressed to no end, but it's certainly serving a good experimental purpose and proving that this grow box can grow indoor tomatoes.

Here's a close-up of some green tomatoes.  I'm looking forward to seeing them all ripe and red.  The best part about these indoor tomatoes is that I don't have to worry about the impending frost in the upcoming weeks or having another encounter with a tomato (or tobacco) hornworm.  I guess that's two best parts.  Granted, I probably won't be harvesting that many tomatoes from this plant, but the amusement value of growing a tomato plant in the indoor grow box has been totally worth it.

Happy gardening weekend, everyone!


Erin said...

Those are awesome! I think I may have hubby build me a grow box when he gets back, he loves making stuff! I grew Brandywines last winter by the sliding glass door, but it was too chilly to set fruit, only blossoms.

meemsnyc said...

Oooooh, that is so cool. I never heard of jellybean tomatoes before.

Linda said...
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Linda said...

Do you have to hand pollinate everything in the growbox?

Angela said...

This grow box is working well, congratulations!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

They look beautiful. I still don't have greenthumb growing tomatoes. Hopefully this summer I will have some luck growing them.

Carol@KeepingUpWith said...

I got a couple of tomato plant marked Better Bush and Patio. They both have petite and stocky growth habits, the Better Bush especially so. I wonder if those would be good candidates for your growth box? I wish I could mail you one for experimentation purposes.

Lexa said...

Your experiment seems to be working. That will be terrific eating fresh tomatoes when the snow flies!

Engineeredgarden said...

Experimenting is fun, and your grow box is definitely working very well!

kitsapFG said...

What a nifty little trick! Getting some ripe jelly bean tomatoes for your mid winter salad will be a "bragging" moment for sure!

thyme2garden said...

Erin - I think boys in general love to build stuff. I have no complaints!

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meemsnyc - jelly bean tomatoes are a hybrid variety of grape tomatoes.

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Linda - No. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating, since they have both male/female parts within one flower. Sometimes we gently shake the stems with flowers to simulate wind motion, which is supposed to help tomato flowers self-pollinate. But no active hand-pollinating is required. Same with peppers.

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Angela - Thank you!

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Malay-Kadazan girl - thank you! You grow so many other vegetables so well, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before you start growing beautiful tomatoes.

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Carol - I've been hearing about these smaller tomato varieties. They sound like they would be perfect for the grow box and I will definitely try them at some point in the near future. Thank you for the thought!

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Lexa - thank you! I hope this plant keeps producing flowers and fruits into the winter!

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EG - it really is fun, and this grow box experiment has definitely worked out for the most part.

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kitsapFG - that's what we're hoping for!

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