The Best Tomatoes on Planet Earth
Tips For Growing Tomatoes In Extreme Heat
Does the Sun Melt your tomatoes?
Tomato's that grow well in Hot climates
Hot Weather tomatoes
Drought resistant varieties
If your average summer temps are in the high 70's or low 80's...you need a special, tougher tomato to do well. We have customers in Florida, Texas, Arizona or the southeast/Southwest that consistently grow great tomatoes every year. WE have special tomato varieties that do well in hot summer areas.
Tomatoes as a rule love heat and sun but even they have a limit, so a long stretch over 95 F can halt your tomato production in its tracks. In extreme cases you'll need to provide some shade for your tomatoes by constructing a netting to cover them from the mid day sun. Make sure there is plenty of air flow around your plants so the heat is not intensified and ends up acting more like a greenhouse and does more damage than good.
Another great tip is putting old news papers around the base of your tomato plants and then placing mulch on top. This will help to keep the roots cool, weeds down and the ground from drying out so fast. Mulch can be wheat straw, grass clippings, wood chips (free from tree companies), etc.
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For those of you who live in Zones 10 and 11 the growing season for you is opposite than the growing season up north. Starting your tomato seeds in July and transplanting in late August will alleviate fighting most of the extreme summer heat but you do have some risk of frost. A great way to avoid frost damage would be to grow your tomatoes in containers where they can be moved into shelter.
Water is the entire key. Watch what happens when you see a wilted tomato plant and you give it water. It almost perks up immediately. Mulching conserves moisture. Check into an irrigation system, saving rain water, or trying containers. Containers allow you to move your tomato plants into the shade in a tough summer drought. You can mulch them as well. Water, mulch, shade, organic matter in the soil, earthworms and water are your friends in a hot summer area.
So how do you choose your tomato seed varieties for Hot Weather gardens? Easy. Typically, the smaller the tomato, the better it grows in drought conditions. Think about it. Smaller tomatoes grow and ripen faster. So you can be enjoying them in May and June in some states...before the Summer heat sets in. Then when it fits 100+ degrees...your tomatoes will sort of mellow out. But when the cooler weather returns in October or so...they will start producing again. Tomatoes for Texas? Louisiana Tomato seeds? Arkansas tomato varieties? Florida tomatoes? Tomatoes for Mississippi heat? Is there a Georgia Hot weather tomato in the house.
SURE. Go with Cherry tomatoes, Bush Tomatoes, Patio Tomatoes, etc. Soon we'll be introducing a full line of Dwarf Tomatoes. They are awesome and compact versions of the original strain. Watch for them.
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