Why plant fall Tomatoes?

Dale Putnam(z6/7oklahoma)May 28, 2011

Tomatoe plants set fruit in May, June and a little bit in July, but the summer heat stops the process. They set no fruit when the daytime heat exceeds 92f and 72f at night, as per OSU fact sheets and extension garden experts.

BUT, the plants don't die and they do begin to set fruit in September, when the weather cools down. Fruit may even be available into November or December, occasionally.

So why plant more tomato vines in June or July?


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Okiedawn OK Zone 7


You asked this question on another thread last night and I answere it there. I'll link that long, detailed answer on the other thread below.

The short answer is that heat, drought, pests and disease take a toll on the plants, and newer, fresher plants produce better in the fall than those that were carried through the summer.

Also, not every variety is as affected by the high temperatures, and there is a humidity link as well.


Here is a link that might be useful: The Other Thread Is Here

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 4:32PM
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Maybe new plants will be more vigorous and productive than old plants that have been stressed out by disease, bugs and weather, I know it works for wives.

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 5:27PM
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Bawahahahaahahahahaaha, Punkin head, you are hilarious. Too bad it doesn't work for husbands....

Thanks for the laugh, I really needed it!

So funny


    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 5:41PM
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Dale Putnam(z6/7oklahoma)

Thanks Dawn,
You have given me lots to think about.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 6:50PM
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Dale, How many plants did you plant this Spring? Oodles, I'm sure.

I plant all I can find room for in Spring, eat hundreds, make salsa, use them up anyway I can. If I plant Fall tomatoes, I will likely plant a haf dozen just so I have fresh tomatoes to eat. By that time I am usually tired of processing them.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 7:01PM
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Last year was the first time I tried fall tomatoes. In the past my plants would last till fall. Last year my insect problem was so bad, plus it was so hot and dry that I finally pulled all my plants and burned them. I even burned some of the mulch hoping to kill some of the insects. My fall plant fell victim to insects also.

Also last year was the first time I have really tried to grow a fall garden. If my tomatoes fail this year I will concentrate on a Cole crop. I think that will be better use of my garden space. I will also try a cover crop again.


    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 7:45PM
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Dale Putnam(z6/7oklahoma)

Dear Sooner,
I planted 14 tomatoe plants, 2 sets of onions, a set of leeks, 6 peppers, eggplant,basil,peas, herbs, plus annual flowers of zinnia, cosmos, impatiens, daiseys and others.
About 70 to 75 perennials take up most of the available space.My homesite is only 7800 sf, so not much room for anything else.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 11:17PM
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