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.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

If you dont get a reply try the California GArdening Forum

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 11:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What is wrong with this leaf?
This Pink Brandywine has one bottom leaf that is dry...
Solo Cups vs Ribbed Pots
Cost factor is in favor of the cups, especially if...
hoosier40 6a Southern IN
Your 2015 Choices - Fianl Answer !
Have You made up your mind yet, to answer this million...
What is a good source for heirloom tomato seeds in Canada?
I've decided to get into heirloom tomato this year....
Brandy Boy Contest -2015
I propose a "Brandy Boy Contest" for 2015...
Sponsored Products
Progress Lighting Outdoor Lighting. Greenridge LED Outdoor Antique Bronze Post L
$36.45 | Home Depot
Fredericksburg Oiled Bronze Gilded Outdoor Pendant
$211.50 | Bellacor
Blue ABC Rug
$39.99 | zulily
Sagamore Post Light by Troy Lighting
$438.00 | Lumens
Long Lafitte
Transitional Black 1-light Outdoor Wall Fixture
Uttermost Galeana Buffet Lamp
Beyond Stores
Feiss Pickering Lane 31 1/2" Wide 8-Light Bronze Chandelier
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™