The Q&A Archives: Perennial Tomatoes

Question: I am in the central valley of ca with a long growing season and very rare frost. If I cut off my tomato plants when they're done and leave the roots in the ground, will they come back the next year? Should they be covered ?

Answer: You're in prime tomato growing country! In mild-winter climates where gardens are protected from frosts, tomato plants can continue to grow for two or more years. Don't cut the plants down - just allow them to remain as they are. As long as nighttime temperatures are above 50F the plants will flower and set fruit. If it gets colder, the plants will grow (although slowly), but they won't set fruit. It's worth a try! Good luck with your plants.

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