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Old 02-25-2019, 03:27 PM   #1
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Planting tomatoes

I'm itching to plant tomatoes here in League City but see that it's supposed to go down into the 30's in another week so think I'll hold off. Anyone braver than me already planted?
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Old 02-25-2019, 03:57 PM   #2
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planted mine last Thursday.
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Planted mine today. Any later and they will not be ready before it gets too hot in the summer.
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Mine are in the ground. If it gets too cold, they can be covered.
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Wife planted hers yesterday along with a bunch of other stuff. Gonna find out how well seagulls like strawberries...
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Mine are in ground. In couple days will mulch, cage, put windbreak (aka paper feed sack) on North east side of cage. Later, depending on weather, take paper sack off, put shade cloth on SW side of cage. Trouble/ work? Yes, but it works for me.
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Hedge your bets. Put a few in now and then some later.

It doesn’t have to be all now or all later. Tomatoes tend to sulk in cool weather. If it stays cool for long, the early planting doesn’t give you a bunch of extra production.
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I put some in the ground yesterday. I went with the roma, husky cherry and regular cherry.
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Mine are 2.5ft tall and baring small mators already.

Just cover them that 1 night.


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Experience has shown me its just too early to put mine in the ground yet here just north of Livingston (snow on April 15 years back).

I have the first group of transplants growing in nice individual pots in warm soil until the time is right. Outside soil temps here are about 50 deg with near freeze conditions predicted for several nights next week. There is just no advantage, in my experience, to putting tomato plants in the ground that cold in this area...in fact, it sets them back and retards production. Yes, they can be covered but you can't warm that soil and they won't recover to ever catch up to plants kept in warmer soils.

I'll plant in two stages at least. The first group (about 10 pants) will be the Whoppers, celebrity, and cherry tomatoes. The second group(about 10 plants) will be the heat resistant varieties like heat master and also the romos. These won't go in the ground until about tax day.

I have found this approach to work best for me to maximize production over the longest time period possible. Its a marathon not a sprint. My heat masters produced last year up to September giving us a constant supply of tomatoes. We canned about 30 quarts of Whoppers and romos while eating fresh tomatoes all spring and summer.

You just can't beat the taste of home grown tomatoes.
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