FEATURE: How to Protect Tomato Plants in Cold Weather
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Protecting tomatoes from frost and freezing is important to having healthy crop – both at the beginning of the season (for our southern hemisphere readers) and at the end (those in the northern hemisphere.) Here are the top tips you need to know about protecting tomatoes in a frost.
Frost can occur when temperatures are as high as 40ºF. Moisture, rather than temperature, is the determining factor.
Low-lying areas, where cold air settles, are more susceptible to frost. If your tomato patch is in a low area, pay special attention as temperatures dip into the 40s.
Tomatoes cannot withstand frost. When a frost warning is forecast for
your area, choose from various types of frost protection to safeguard young plants in the spring and mature plants in the fall. Grow tunnels , wall o water, plant covers – even sheets, blankets, and plastic – can help save tomato plants from frost injury. (Find out more about different types of frost protection).
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