Advice for the Home Gardener from the Help Desk of the
UC Master Gardener Program of Contra Costa County
Client's Request: I've just set up a small garden greenhouse. It has a heater, warming mats, fans, etc. I'm thinking about growing tomatoes during the winter. Would you please provide some advice on such a venture?
Help Desk Response: Thank you for your email to the UC Master Gardener Program Help Desk about growing tomatoes in the winter in a (warm) greenhouse.
It appears that University of California does not have significant information on growing tomatoes in a greenhouse for the home gardener. However, I've listed below a few links to reputable articles from other sources that may be helpful in setting up and growing tomatoes in a greenhouse at home.
- This website from the University of Oregon, Department of Horticulture, has information on fertilization, soil, temperature and light, which may be helpful. Though the information is for commercial growing operations, some of it is applicable to home greenhouses. http://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/content/tomato-greenhouse
- This link to SF Gate discusses good tomato varieties for greenhouse growing conditions and also, mentions ways to support the growing plants. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/types-tomatoes-greenhouse-production-30810.html
- This Wikihow website has some helpful information on various aspects of growing tomato plants in greenhouses. https://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Tomatoes-in-a-Greenhouse
There are also many other web sites and YouTube videos available on the subject, but I would use them cautiously, and cross-check other references if they seem “too good to be true”.
Please contact us again if you have further questions. Good luck with your winter tomatoes.
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