The Best Time To Plant Tomato Plants

When to Plant Tomatoes?

Tomato plants need a good amount of sun during the summer months. They are not really suited for being planted in full shade. You will have to decide which season your area offers the most sunlight. If you live in an area with lots of sunshine, then it would be best if you could plant them at the beginning or end of the growing season so they get enough light throughout their life span. However, if you do not have a lot of sunlight during the summer months, then it may be better to wait until later in the season.

You should choose a location where there is plenty of room for your tomato plants. Some gardeners prefer to grow tomatoes in containers because they like having control over how many plants they put into each container. Other gardeners prefer to grow tomatoes outdoors where they can keep track of their plants’ growth and see how much space they use up.

Planting Time For Tomatoes: Best Time For Planting Tomatoes

If you want to plant tomatoes indoors, you should start them before the last frost date. This means that if your area does not experience any snowfall during the winter months, then it is best to plant your tomato plants after the first freeze. If there is a light frost or snowfall, then you can safely plant your tomato seedlings outside.

If you live in an area that experiences heavy snowfall, then you should wait until after it has melted to plant your seedlings outside instead of risking their health by exposing them to the cold.

If you do not want to bother with starting your own seeds, you have the option of buying some plants at your local garden center. You can buy tomato plants that are started early or you can buy some that are started the same day you purchase them from the store. It is important to remember that even if you start your plants really early, they will not produce any fruit until the next year because of the length of the growing season.

Even if you start them really late, they will still produce fruit before the next frost date arrives.

When Is The Best Time To Plant Tomatoes?

If you want to grow your tomato plants outside, then you should wait until after the last frost has passed and the soil temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit before you plant them. If the temperature is too cold, the plants may become damaged or die. You will also need to make sure that there is no more danger of a frost before you plant them, otherwise they may not survive. Even if you start your plants really early, they still won’t produce any fruit until the next year because of the length of the growing season.

If you live in an area that experiences relatively mild weather, then you can plant your tomato seedlings outdoors a few weeks after all danger of frost has passed. If you want to grow some indeterminate varieties, then it may be better to wait until the weather is warmer before you plant them. This way, they have the best chance of producing fruit before winter comes.

If you prefer to grow your plants in containers, then you need to make sure that the roots do not become pot-bound. This means you need to give them enough space to grow or they will become stunted. You can either buy some tomato plants that are started early or you can buy some that are started the same day you purchase them from the store.

Find a spot in your yard that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day and prepare the soil. If you are planting after the last frost, then you should prepare the soil by tilling it. If you want to grow your plants really close together, you could also plant them in raised beds.

If you are planting in the early spring, then you should prepare the soil by spading it.

Using a shovel or hoe, make a hole that is about a foot deep and a foot wide. If you are planting later in the year, then the holes should be about 18 inches wide and deep. Place a seedling in each hole and gently fill it back in with the soil that you took out.

Add lots of moisture to the soil to ensure that it is settled around the root zone of the plants.

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Add a few inches of mulch around the plants to act as a barrier between the soil and the rest of the yard. This keeps the weeds from growing as well as keeping the soil temperature consistent, which keeps your plants from getting too hot or too cold. Spread the mulch out about 2-3 inches thick.

Be sure to keep it away from the plant stems.

After the last frost has passed, you can start planting your seedlings outdoors. Wait a few hours after the sun has gone down to avoid seedlings getting burned in the process. If you have bought a four pack of seedlings, then you will need to plant them two by two.

Make a hole with a hoe or shovel that is about a foot deep and place the seedling into it. Gently fill around it with soil, but don’t stand it up just yet.

Add a few inches of water to the area to ensure that the soil is nice and moist. After about an hour, gently stand up the seedling. Add more soil as needed, but be sure not to cover the stem.

You want to cover about a half of the stem with dirt. Keep in mind that if you are planting four seedlings, then only three will be left standing after being planted.

The space in between each plant should be at least 2 feet.

Sources & references used in this article:

Tomato plant culture: in the field, greenhouse, and home garden by JB Jones Jr – 2007 – books.google.com

Plant growth under controlled conditions. II. Thermoperiodicity in growth and fruiting of the tomato by FW Went – American Journal of Botany, 1944 – JSTOR

Biochar impact on development and productivity of pepper and tomato grown in fertigated soilless media by ER Graber, YM Harel, M Kolton, E Cytryn, A Silber… – Plant and soil, 2010 – Springer

Plant growth under controlled conditions. VI. Comparison between field and air-conditioned greenhouse culture of tomatoes by FW Went, L Cosper – American Journal of Botany, 1945 – JSTOR

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