Growing indoor tomatoes and peppers at home can be very satisfying and enjoyable.
And the advantage is that you will be able to grow types & varieties not easily available in shops, and that will make a real difference to your recipes.
The key is to focus on 3 items:
- Size – They tend to be taller than herbs so you will need slightly different growing systems.
- Nutrients – With the right amount of nutrients & water
- Lights – And especially using extra indoor growth lights.
The links below show 3 ways to grow them, or read below for a more detailed explanation.
You won’t be able to use the equipment from the easy grow herb plan and will need to use a specialised growing plan.
The easiest & most effective way to grow veg indoors (as well as tomatoes & peppers) is to focus on 3 items:
Item 1 & 2 – Size and Nutrients
When growing plants like tomatoes & peppers it is very important to provide them with exactly the right amount of water & nutrients.
Yes, you can grow them using soil but an hydroponic unit will help you get the best possible results – and even a compact one (like the one on the right) will help you get crops throughout the season.
The easiest way to see how they work is to read the description detailed product page
Item 2 – using extra light
If you are growing ingredients inside (or during the autumn or winter months) then using a specialised light will make all the difference.
For example a specialised growing light (like the one on the right) has a low energy usage and will transmit exactly the right type of light to help your plants grow.
If you combine the light & an hydroponic system you should be able to grow ingredients at any time of the year.
How to start to grow indoor tomatoes and peppers
If you want to grow tomatoes, peppers or vegetables indoors then the start is to select the types that you use most often.
The fresh ingredients growing plans provide advice on the type of ingredients to grow based on your cooking & meal preferences.
For example if you cook many italian recipes you might want to make sure you grow San Marzono Tomatoes, or if Mexican recipes (such as Salsa or Chilli) then you might want to grow Poblano peppers or Jalapeno peppers if you like very spicy or hot meals.
Ideal when combined with the Herb growing plan
The plan above is great for growing items like tomatoes or peppers indoors – but why not combine it with the easy grow herbs plan – so that you have a full range of fresh ingredients on tap?