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Average temperature for each state during summer.
Summer Average Rank State Jun Jul Aug
°F °C °F °F °F
78.6 25.9 8 Alabama 77 80 79
52.3 11.3 50 Alaska 50 55 52
78.1 25.6 10 Arizona 76 80 79
78.8 26.0 6 Arkansas 76 81 79
73.4 23.0 17 California 70 75 75
65.2 18.4 42 Colorado 62 68 66
69.2 20.7 31 Connecticut 66 72 70
74.2 23.4 16 Delaware 72 77 75
81.0 27.2 3 Florida 80 82 82
78.7 25.9 7 Georgia 77 80 79
72.2 22.3 22 Hawaii 71 72 73
63.7 17.6 46 Idaho 59 66 65
73.4 23.0 17 Illinois 72 75 73
72.4 22.4 21 Indiana 71 74 72
71.6 22.0 25 Iowa 70 74 71
76.4 24.7 11 Kansas 73 79 77
74.5 23.6 15 Kentucky 72 76 75
81.1 27.3 1 Louisiana 80 82 82
63.7 17.6 46 Maine 61 66 64
73.3 22.9 19 Maryland 71 75 74
68.0 20.0 35 Massachusetts 65 70 69
66.2 19.0 40 Michigan 64 68 67
66.8 19.3 36 Minnesota 65 69 67
79.5 26.4 5 Mississippi 78 81 80
75.4 24.1 14 Missouri 73 78 76
Summer Average Rank State Jun Jul Aug
°F ° C °F °F °F
64.2 17.9 44 Montana 61 66 66
71.8 22.1 24 Nebraska 69 74 72
69.0 20.6 32 Nevada 65 72 70
65.5 18.6 41 New Hampshire 63 68 66
72.2 22.3 22 New Jersey 69 75 73
71.4 21.9 26 New Mexico 70 73 71
66.5 19.2 39 New York 64 69 67
75.7 24.3 12 North Carolina 74 78 76
66.6 19.2 38 North Dakota 64 69 67
70.9 21.6 27 Ohio 69 73 71
79.6 26.4 4 Oklahoma 77 82 81
63.7 17.6 46 Oregon 60 66 66
68.6 20.3 34 Pennsylvania 66 71 69
68.8 20.4 33 Rhode Island 65 71 70
78.4 25.8 9 South Carolina 76 80 79
69.9 21.1 29 South Dakota 67 73 71
75.6 24.2 13 Tennessee 74 77 76
81.1 27.3 1 Texas 79 82 81
69.6 20.9 30 Utah 66 73 71
65.1 18.4 43 Vermont 63 67 65
73.2 22.9 20 Virginia 71 75 74
63.8 17.7 45 Washington 60 66 66
70.2 21.2 28 West Virginia 68 72 71
66.8 19.3 36 Wisconsin 65 69 67
63.5 17.5 49 Wyoming 60 66 65

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.

wheat straw
Wheat Straw layered in 4" pile over old newspapers.
wood chips
This huge pile of Pine tree wood chips was FREE from local tree company. They pay to dump at the trash dump.
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Water is nectar from the Gods to your thirsty tomato plants. More organic matter in the soil helps retain water.
paper collars
Paper collars at transplant time shade and protect the tomato plants from heat
wheat straw
Red Star is a great tomato in Hot weather areas.
wood chips
Penny's early Tomato would be a great tomato for Florida, Texas or Arizona. Even Nevada.
wheat straw
Cherokee Purple loves the Southeast United States Summers.
wood chips
Penny's Golden Cherry Rocks in Hot tomato weather areas.
wheat straw
The Valencia tomato has attitude...and fights back in drought prone areas.

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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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Penny

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