The Q&A Archives: Tomatoes In The Shade

Question: I want to install a small tomato garden in my back yard. The only space available, however, gets about two to three hours of direct sunlight. The rest is filtered through trees. Is there a special shade tolerant tomato plant or does it matter?

Answer: Tomatoes pretty much demand at least six hours of sun including the hour of noon, but it's always worth a try. I would suggest the cherry tomatoes as they are the most flexible in terms of growing conditions. Unfortunately I am not aware of any shade tolerant tomatoes. You might try peas, lettuce, spinach, parsley, basil and chives as these are slightly shade tolerant veggies (and herbs).

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