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Arian
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Distance from lights
 Hello,
I have 2 cherry tomatoes and a pepper in one of my aerogardens. 
For about two months I was able to keep them at the same hight. Now the peeper started to grow very fast, and I don't want cut it, because it has a lot of flower buds just on the top.
I know that according to Aerogarden manuals the distance from the lights should be about 2 inches. So, now my tomatoes are a little bit far from lights (the distance is about 10-12 cm or 4-4.5 inch), and the pepper almost grows into lights, because I want to keep them as low as possible. 
Tomatoes seem to stop growing, flowering, ripening. Is their distance very big from the lights? Or it is OK?

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Plantman - tomato heat
Plantman - tomato heat tolerance for setting fruit varies between varieties. There are special varieties for fruit set in South Texas, etc. Might even have special varieties for setting in cool temperatures (besides the die-of-chill or fail-to-thrive temperature, which definitely varies).

Sounds like you're doing a next right thing. This tomato doesn't like these conditions, so adjust... something. Good luck!

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I'm trying the mighty mini
I'm trying the mighty mini right now and they are very short, just what I was looking for. The plants do look a lot like the Micro Toms that I have and are just a bit older. Problem that I am having is with flowers droping before fruit set on almost all of my varieties. I was keeping my lights within 2 inches of the plants, but noticed that the cfls I am using were quite warm and I was wondering if the temps were causing infertiality in the flowers. I always shake to polinate and usually have a good fruit set. Anyway, I raised the lights to about 4 inches just to see what happens. Does anyone know at what temp the tomato pollen no longer works?
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 Thanks for sharing your
 Thanks for sharing your experiences.
My cherry tomatoes should be mini, I guess. 
Maybe I have to think about removing the pepper to another place. 

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 Are the cherry tomatoes the
 Are the cherry tomatoes the mighty mini variety?  In which case they tend to be a very short plant compared to a pepper plant.  I have a nice pepperoncini plant that I didn't want to remove and start over with, but my tomatoes had seen better days.  I removed the mighty minis and planted new regular cherry tomato plants which will be more or less the same height as the pepperoncini.  To compensate for light, I added a simple LED grow light near the seedlings and as they grow - I will move the LED up and eventually remove it.

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 Thank you, Ginger, for all
 Thank you, Ginger, for all your replies!

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Unfortunately, the tomatoes
Unfortunately, the tomatoes need close lights much more than the pepper does. Could you maybe add a side daylight lamp, or put the Aerogarden somewhere so that the tomatoes get some daylight?

On the other hand, once a determinate tomato has set its fruit, it'll stop flowering, hunker down, and spend 40 days or so very slowly growing the green fruits. So if the leaves aren't yellowing and dying, it might be fine.

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