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[Tomato Dirt #143] How to Protect Young Tomato Plants from Frost and Freezing
April 10, 2018

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Volume 8, Number 8

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FEATURE: How to Protect Young Tomato Plants from Frost and Freezing

Cold temperatures can damage or destroy your tomato plants. Protecting tomatoes from frost and freezing is important to having healthy crop – both at the beginning of the season and at the end.

The best step you can take to protect tomato plants from frost is to pay attention to the weather forecast. When you hear a frost or freeze warning, take appropriate action

But what’s the difference between a freeze and a frost?

A freeze occurs when the temperature dips below 32ºF (0ºC). Usually a freeze affects an entire region and may last several days. Surprisingly, tomatoes can survive a light freeze if it is not accompanied by frost, provided temperatures don’t dip below 28-30ºF.

A frost, on the other hand, is localized. Low temperatures may or may not reach freezing, but moisture must be in the picture for frost to develop. A frost can fall at temperatures as high as 40ºF. But tomato plants cannot survive frost.

When a freeze or a frost is in the forecast, take steps to …Keep Reading )

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