Many people have been already asking us, what will happen to germans favourite crop in the winter. The highly regarded tomato. So we did the test in order to get an answer to the question if tomatoes
really die after only one year. The result of the experiment was not expected.
Obviously, tomatoes can survive much longer, than only one season. The evidence are two specimen of them, that grow at gardeners kitchen window. The clou: At the time of this article (in february) there are still hanging ripe tomatoes at the plant.
Of course, an abundant harvest happened just before Christmas. And this for the reason, that tomatoes must be eaten before getting mushy. So we decided to switch on the date-display of the camera. As a result now it is proven, that tomatoes (or at least some or most of this specimen) are perennial. They just don't survive cold temperatures of the outdoors.
Now a short word to their behavior. When the days get shorter and the amount of light is low, the leaves fade out visibly. Some of them will be dry and fall off . The lush green of summer is so gone, but all the tomatoes that were already on it, got ripe.
From about October or November, there are hardly any new flowers. Often new small batches are produced, but then they are getting dry and fall off.
After the 22nd December, the days get longer and tomato plants do obviously not suffer too much from a little lack of light. Thus, you can not only produce a perennial tomato, but many of them! Indeed, it is nothing easier than to multiply by tomato cuttings. And those branches, that are too long for single window must be cut anyway.
All the branches you cut off, can be immediately stuffed into moist soil, and it grows reliably. A glass of water does the same and in record time it will get new roots. So it does not seem necessary to draw tiny tomato plants from seed . Instead, you cut down the old tomato plant in wintertime and you will now large plants, immediately. First harvest in April ? However, this will show the ongoing experiment.
And now another comment concerning the cutting. The tomato plants that you see in the photos have been continouously cut over the year. If this haden't happened, the branches would be longer than 4 Metres!
But what has all this to do with the term "Sofa-Seeding " ? The Scribbler of this article, must smile each time when he grabs his own tomatoes and puts them on his pizza.
He lives in a tiny apartment with no balcony. And instead of dusting off senseless indoor plants, he also eats radishes from his windowsill .
In the next article more about an easy method to get nearly double-light- intensity in winter. Even without electric lamps.