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Shipping live tomato plants to WI in January?

Posted by turquoise 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 27, 08 at 17:12

Hi everyone, I'd like to try growing some small tomato plants indoors this winter. I have my eye on Red Robin and found a place which sells live plants a few states away. But I'm a little nervous about having live plants (especially tomatoes) shipped in January. Our temps will be high 20s/low 30s over the next few days and they'll go Priority. Someone will be home during the day to take them in immediately.

Any experience with shipping live plants in winter? Would I be better off starting from seed? The reason I'm considering plants is to get going a little sooner with tomatoes.

Thanks very much!

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RE: Shipping live tomato plants to WI in January?

The plants will freeze enroute. You'd be much safer just sprouting seeds indoors under lights. Red Robbins are small and nice and can grow nicely sprouted in early January under lights. They are indeterminates and you can place them outside when your weather warms and they will produce all summer and then bring them back indoors in fall. I have had 3 that have lived like that for 3 years now.

RE: Shipping live tomato plants to WI in January?

Ok, thanks Tom! I think you're probably right. I'll just get them going under lights. Are they indeterminate? The descriptions I've seen say determinate.

RE: Shipping live tomato plants to WI in January?

lol, I think you're right. I get tiny tims and red robbins and all those nursery rhimes mixed up.

RE: Shipping live tomato plants to WI in January?

Well, I'm glad I decided to go with seeds. They emailed me back to say they didn't have any tomato plants and "maybe" would have some in a few months. I wish they'd update their website to reflect that, it would have saved me trouble. Good thing I didn't enter my credit card number!

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