The Q&A Archives: Protecting Tomatoes in Spring Chill

Question: My Super Tasty' plants are 18 inches high and I am wondering if I can plant my tomatoes this weekend? If not what should I do? Thanks. Allen Harrisburg, PA

Answer: You should be able to plant your tomatoes outdoors, as long as you are prepared to take action should the weather turn cold and you get a frost. Plant the tomatoes deeply--you can plant them deeper than they are in their pots because the plants will form roots along the buried part of the stem. Pinch off the lower leaves first, then bury the stem up to the second set of leaves. Just have an old sheet or piece of floating row cover handy to cover the plants in case of frost. Or use "hot caps" if the weather turns chilly.

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