Whoa! Those small tomatoes in stasis I mentioned have suddenly turned orange-red. It took a long time, and they're not nearly as big as beefsteak tomatoes normally get. I think I would have had better luck if I had transplanted them to larger pots over the winter, but I've always heard that transplanting plants into larger containers is a bad idea in winter because they're generally dormant. The plants are blooming and definitely alive, but there are a lot of dead leaves on them... of course plants in the outdoors garden get dead leaves too, so maybe I just noticed these because they're inside and I can examine them more carefully.
Imagineaa, from your description of your indoor growing area, I think your plants weren't getting enough direct sunlight to produce. The window I have my tomato plants in is a triple-casement window maybe 6' by 7', with an unobstructed southern exposure. It's HUGE- I installed it primarily to help heat my house in the winter, which it does, but plants really go for it too.
Truthfully, it's a kind of funky setup. This is the second floor of my house, and the only place to install the window was over the stairs. The plants are on a plank in front of the window; one end of the plank rests on a ladder, and the other end rests on the top stair. On top of all this, I tape a few little bits of dark paper on the inside of the glass here and there so that birds won't think it's an unobstructed opening, try to fly through the glass, and get injured.
Like I said: funky.
But I like it- it's a temporary greenhouse! Not the sort of thing Martha Stewart would approve of, most likely, but it's fun to be sitting in the hall near my indoor jungle, looking out on the cold neighborhood on a sunny winter day. I no longer have cats, but when I did, they liked it too. I just had to be careful not to put any plants that might have made them sick in that area.
Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads, "Not guilty". Stanislaw J. Lec