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Can vegetables be raised indoors during winter season?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18343 points ) July 23rd, 2012

Vegetables like tomatoes? How would one go about doing it and what other vegetables could be grown?

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gailcalled's avatar

Where do you live? Are you wiling to build a green house?

I believe that you can keep poblano pepper plants in a sunny room during the winter but that doesn’t give you much variety.

mazingerz88's avatar

@gailcalled I live in the East Coast and renting the whole basement of a house built in the 1960’s. Awww, pepper? I would have been happy with tomatoes. Lol.

gailcalled's avatar

OK. The east coast runs from frosty Maine to usually balmy Key West. Very variable growing seasons there.

Might you be more specific? I promise that I will not stalk you.

mazingerz88's avatar

I’m in Maryland. : )

gailcalled's avatar

You can do some research on growing vegetables in a green house (expensive and lots of work) or starting plants from seeds inside 6–8 weeks before you transplant them into the garden.

You can certainly try a few pots of tomatoes grown from seeds on a sunny windowsill but you may have white flies. Start the seeds in Feb.; if it doesn’t work, toss the whole thing on the compost.

Here’s how to jumpstart veggies indoors under grow lights. Grow

However, your fantasy of picking tomatoes off of plants in your living room in February is just that. Notice how crappy the tomatoes are in the supermarket in the winter. There is a reason for that.

marinelife's avatar

They are unlikely to produce anything unless you set up special growing conditions.

Kayak8's avatar

You can grow hydroponic tomatoes in your basement in a tent with heavy duty lights to make them grow . . . This may give you some idea of the setup involved . . .

gailcalled's avatar

@Kayak8 : They are bloody expensive. The 2’ x 2’ grow box costs over $1000 and would scarcely hold one tomato plant. My tomatoes, grown outdoors in the summer are at least 5’ high.

Kayak8's avatar

@gailcalled I completely agree, just trying to make the point of what it really takes to grow vegetables indoors . . .

gailcalled's avatar

I know. Purchasing that thing is just for starters, too.

If you are going to experiment, try the poblanos. They are easy and give you nice veggies (even though I really don’t like them). It’s exciting to see a little green pepper hanging there snugly in its little pot, with the snow piled up outside.

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