5255RE: [pfaf] Re: overwintering tomatoes in greenhouse
- Mar 2, 2011Of interest?From:
"This grafting process make plants that are annual in cold climates into perennials. I have seen tomatoes grafted onto Devil plants in greenhouses fruiting almost all year round, and I have seen outdoor eggplant grafted Devil plants survive a winter and fruit for their second year ..."
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:54:14 +0800
Subject: Re: [pfaf] Re: overwintering tomatoes in greenhouseSome of the tastiest tomatoes I have grown were on plants that were
surviving over winter in a greenhouse - I was not purposefully trying
to overwinter them, they just stayed alive and kept producing. hmm . .
. probably they were riper than the tomatoes I pick in season, in
season I harvest every day, out of season I may not have visited the
greenhouse every week.
All the best,
On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:15 AM, jonathantellerelsberg
> I don't have any particular opinion about overwintering tomatoes, but I would like to point out that tomatoes are in fact short lived perennials in their native tropical zones (so says Eric Toensmeier in "Perennial Vegetables," as does Wikipedia, for what that's worth, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato), so overwintering them wouldn't be an extreme defiance of Nature.
> --- In email@example.com, "travelerinthyme" <traveler.in.thyme@...> wrote:
>> I advise against trying to keep tomato plants alive in a greenhouse over the winter, after they have given their all during the normal growing season. Tomatoes are naturally annuals, and torturing them by extending their normal live span is just asking for bugs and diseases.
>> If they produced well, and you preserved them properly for storage, in cans, the freezer, or dehydrating, you should have all the tomatoes you need for winter pizzas and pasta, without wasting energy (electricity, heat, and labour) on trying to defy Nature.
>> Eat winter veggies in the winter, eat summer veggies in summer, eat smart!
>> ~Traveler in Thyme, Blanco County, Texas zone 8-9
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