Growing Tomatoes in San Diego - When to start seeds and other ?

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)August 4, 2011

I don't live in San Diego, but a good friend does and I want to share my heirloom seeds with her so she can try to grow her own tomatoes. My climate here in South Florida is very different from hers, though, and I don't know how to advise her.

For San Diego's climate, when should she start seeds? Should she grow in containers or can she grow in the ground there? Any other advice specific to San Diego or Southern California?

I can send her Brandywine Sudduth, Landis, OTV and Platfoot, Cherokee Purple, Kellogg's Breakfast and Sun Gold. Any of these better for her climate than others?

She lives on a hill close to the pacific ocean in La Jolla.

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

If you dont get a reply try the California GArdening Forum

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 11:14PM
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I live about 100 miles north of San Diego and start my first seeds the last week of January and continue starting various varieties until early April. I sell tomato plants so usually start ten plants each of about 25 varieties. I only have enough room under my lights to start about 120 plants at a time so that's the reason for the spread out time period.
San Diego has about the mildest weather in the U.S., some say almost perfect. It is warmer there in the winter than where I am, and cooler in the summer than where I am due to the ocean influence. So I would guess your friend could start seeds any time they wanted, or for sure when I do. I don't believe they ever get freezing temperatures there. And in the summer many people don't even use their air conditioners even if they have them. I know my daughters dorm room at UC San Diego didn't even have air conditioning.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 11:10PM
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thanks dickie and californian! I did post on the CA forum and got some responses. Sounds like February is a good time to start seeds for her and get them in the ground by April. I guess you have root knot nematodes in CA, too. I thought it was just us Floridians who had to contend with them.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 11:26PM
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I lived in San Diego for years. I dont think coastal LaJolla gets a lot of heat, which might be a factor for some of the large beersteaks. Certainly, LaJOlla is a frost free climate. If I lived there I think I would try growing some cold tolerant varieties thru the Winter. LInda

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 12:03PM
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Thanks for the tip linda. You are right, she doesn't get much heat. Maybe Brandywine might be best for her since those can set fruit with less heat or at least that is what I thought. She can wait to put them outside until May perhaps.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 12:42PM
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