Northerners. When do you start your winter micros?

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Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:56 pm

@Labradors
There is a thread about them under Tomato Breeding. There is also a forum that is mostly micro tomatoes called Tomato Talk. https://www.tomato-talk.com/ It has information on the crosses, how they are performing, a place to join the project, etc. Plus there is a place we can write up our experiences with commercially available micros.
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Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:55 am

I will be interested to hear how that light from Amazon works out. I picked this one up from my local Home Depot last season and used it in the garage. I built a stand to hang it from. The only caveat is that you also have to buy a power cord for it, as it was intended to be wired directly into your electrical circuit as it is meant for warehouses :o It's not hard to do, and I've also linked a power cord.

Additionally, I grew out several dozen micros over the winter, and finished them outside. While you can certainly grow them through maturity in the 4" pots, I found that they did much better once up-potted to 1 gallon nursery pots (or thereabouts).

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial- ... /302456569

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Smart-Choic ... /206740199
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Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:26 pm

The Root Farm light arrived yesterday and looks good and well-made. I was aware that the legs are a tad wobbly, but I plan to put it in a safe place where it cannot easily be knocked over.

I do plan to pot up the micro's into one-gallon containers :).

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Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:21 pm

@Labradors just a tip, you may find your basement lights really well suited to growing the spinach or arugula (or any greens!). All of the leafy stuff is so easy to grow under lights, but they suffer from low relative humidity at the typical winter living room temperature. Lower temp means higher relative humidity, and that means luscious greens instead of crispy ones.
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Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:35 am

SeanInVa wrote:
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:55 am
I will be interested to hear how that light from Amazon works out. I picked this one up from my local Home Depot last season and used it in the garage. I built a stand to hang it from. The only caveat is that you also have to buy a power cord for it, as it was intended to be wired directly into your electrical circuit as it is meant for warehouses :o It's not hard to do, and I've also linked a power cord.

Additionally, I grew out several dozen micros over the winter, and finished them outside. While you can certainly grow them through maturity in the 4" pots, I found that they did much better once up-potted to 1 gallon nursery pots (or thereabouts).

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial- ... /302456569

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Smart-Choic ... /206740199
@SeanInVa Hey Sean,

How did this light work out for you? What distance did you use between plants and light?

I'm looking to add some lighting this year and this looks promising.

TIA
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Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:39 am

First time growing micro tomatoes here. Started these earlier this month and just potted them on into 0.5 L yoghurt pots. They'll eventually go into 3 L pots (which I believe are equivalent in volume to 4 gallon US nursery pots). Right now I'm taking putting them in the greenhouse during sunlight hours and under small propagation T5s for the remainder of the day. I will have to get some better lighting for when they get into their bigger pots.

The varieties are: Jochalos, Red Robin, Rosy Finch, Pinocchio Orange, Halms Gelbe Topftomate, Mohamed and Vilma.
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Post: # 31126Unread post Labradors
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:03 pm

Good luck with your project rossomendblot. I've grown Red Robin before and it doesn't need more than a one gallon sized container. Some of the others you are growing could well be fine in smaller pots too. I know the Litre to Gallon thing is a bit weird when transferred to pots, but If you think of the size of a hanging basket for annuals, that volume would be more than enough, and smaller would work too. My pots sat comfortably on an 8" windowsill. You do need a stake or two to hold them up though.

Here is an excellent link which you can use to look up all the varieties you are growing: http://tatianastomatobase.com/wiki/Red_Robin
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Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:47 pm

Yes I was confusing gallons for quarts, can you tell I've never used them as units of measurement before? :lol: The 1 gallon US nursery 'trade' pots are 3 dry quarts which is about 3 Litres.
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Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:07 pm

Well you taught me something! I wondered why the pots I have, marked 1 gallon on the bottom, would not hold a gallon (even a US gallon, which is smaller than an imperial gallon) of water. They don't! (We are supposed to have gone metric in Canada, but some of us refuse!)
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