|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 02-26-2014 12:24 PM||2499 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
February 26, 2014
Last summer, my cumquat plant sat outside on the deck, and at some point in time a tomato plant started growing in the same pot.
Come fall, the plant was rather large but rather than ripping out the tomato plant and disturbing the roots of the cumquat I just snipped it in two, removing most of the plant growth. I assumed that it would just wither away over the winter months.
Well, it didn’t. .. wither, that is.
In fact, it flourished.
A little backtracking: I’m not sure why, but my cumquat didn’t produce fruit last summer – until the end of the season. Bringing it inside, covered with little green balls of potential, I didn’t want to stick it in some dark corner, so I took a chance with my south-facing door. I didn’t know how long this would last but I gave it a try: I took the door off its hinges and stored it away in my porch. I installed two layers of the insulation plastic in the doorway. The aluminum door (which is almost all windows) protected the doorway from the wind and provided the first layer of insulation. A sheet of plastic was in the middle of the doorway, creating barrier number two and then a third layer, the typical use of the plastic barrier, was installed inside the room. My plants were then placed in front of the doorway where they got lots and lots of winter sunshine. (The plastic worked really well—never any signs of cold air coming into the room and lots and lots of sunshine.)
So… now it is February.
Over the past couple weeks I watched the blossoms appear on my tomato plant and, having watched the video about using an electric toothbrush to help along pollination, I gave the blossoms a giggle or two.
And then the first little green ball appeared… and then a second, and a third.
I now have three tomatoes growing in my living room …. in winter … in Canada.
Now I have to figure out how to stake up the plant as it will start getting really heavy from my “spring crop”!
UPDATE – APRIL 10/14
yes… they are pink!! So close to eating. Best tomatoes I have ever grown :D
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)