[Tomato Dirt #129] Will My Tomato Plants Survive the Heat? 3 Tips to Help
August 08, 2017
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 7, Number 13
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FEATURE: Will My Tomatoes Survive the Heat? 3 Tips to Help
Even though tomatoes are the classic summer plant, it’s natural for gardeners to think they suffer when temperatures are too hot.
Here's the good news: a heat wave will not likely be fatal for your tomato plants, especially if you can keep them watered. And more good news … tomato fruit already on the vine and ripening will likely be OK when it’s super hot outside.
Two problems for tomatoes in a heat wave:
It’s too hot for blossoms to be pollinated. That means your plants will have fewer fruit.
Heat stress forces a plant to increase transpiration (pumping water through its system) to survive, especially when the heat continues for prolonged
You can reduce stress on your plants during a heat wave by watering them at least once a day. Increase frequency of watering without increasing the amount of water the plants get to avoid water logging and killing the plants.
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