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Post  Boz on 8/13/2012, 8:51 am

I have a tomato growing in a container outside and would like to bring it inside for the winter. Will I possibly have a bug problem in the house?
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Post  rowena___. on 8/13/2012, 9:45 am

you might, but that could be true for any plant you bring in. do you have a room where you could isolate it for a bit at first? a quarantine to see if any hitchhikers have come along? i use our shower stall for this purpose.
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Post  Boz on 8/13/2012, 9:54 am

Good idea. I have a storage room that I could put it in. How long would you recommend. The plant won't have any light.
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Post  rowena___. on 8/13/2012, 10:09 am

without light, i'd keep it quarantined the shortest length of time possible. you should be able to tell in just a few days if there are any problems.

can you put up a light for it, even temporarily? it doesn't have to be a fancy lamp or a special bulb--just something to keep it from starving.
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Post  Boz on 8/13/2012, 10:27 am

I could put a 2 tube 40 watt florescent light over it.
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Post  rowena___. on 8/13/2012, 10:34 am

that would do the trick!
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Post  Roseinarosecity on 8/13/2012, 10:54 am

Is bringing in the tomato plant indoors to extend the season or to save it for next year? I have an awesome tomato plant in the raised bed that I bought which was mislabeled but turned out to be my best tomatoes. I would like to save a portion of the plant for next year. Is this possible? I'm not very good with seedlings.

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Post  rowena___. on 8/13/2012, 12:08 pm

it is possible but tricky. you need to be able to provide the growing conditions that cause it to thrive. if you can do that, you have a good chance of carrying it over! but as insurance i'd still take suckers to root.
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