Individual frost covers are a good option to consider if you want to extend your tomato harvest in the fall or protect young plants in the spring.
They differ from other kinds of frost protection because they protect individual plants. (Floating row covers and tunnel row covers protect groups of plants.)
Individual plant covers are especially helpful to use when you grow tomatoes in containers or pots, where an individual cover is more practical than row covers or tunnel covers.
You may also consider using individual frost covers if you grow tomatoes on a patio or balcony or a few tomato plants in the garden – and need to protect just one or two plants. In this case, individual covers make sense.
Use them when plants are especially large and need their own coverings to protect them adequately.
* Non-woven polypropylene fabric is the most commonly-used fabric. It is lightweight and breathable.
* Many have drawstrings, cord locks, or zippers to help fit covers onto plants and hold them in place. This is especially helpful in windy weather.
* The frost covers are available in various sizes for whatever size tomato plant you grow, making them versatile.
* They are reusable from season to season, making them affordable and cost-effective over the long term.
* They provide as much as 5-10 degrees of frost protection. This is helpful information to know when you study the forecast and determine if saving your plants is feasible.
When frost is in the forecast, take these steps to protect your tomato plants with plant covers.
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By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning writer and owner of Tomato Dirt, a leading online source for growing tomatoes and using them.
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