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[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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Protect Your Tomato Plants from Heat and Cold

It’s hot. Soon, it will be too cold. Do you have what you need to protect your tomato plants so they can be healthy and keep producing as long as possible during extremes? Browse shade cloth and protectors for your garden. Take a look.

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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:

  1. It’s too hot for blossoms to be pollinated. That means your plants will have fewer fruit.
  2. Heat stress forces a plant to increase transpiration (pumping water through its system) to survive, especially when the heat continues for prolonged periods.

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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Don’t Let Your Tomatoes Wilt in the Heat

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Garden hoses: great for spot watering, relieving heat Soaker hoses: best way to water tomatoes – at the roots Butterfly hose nozzle from Gardener’s Supply and other nozzles

More Tips to Help Your Tomato Plants Survive the Heat

Best Heat-Tolerant Tomato Varieties Best Techniques for Watering Tomato Plants Watering Tomatoes FAQs Shading Tomatoes to Reduce Stress

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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