The Q&A Archives: Growing Tomatos in Glenwood Springs, CO

Question: Hi. I am gardening for the first time in this area, Glenwood Springs, CO. I just got my tomatos in the ground. They are healthy, but small and not flowering. Is it too late (mid-june) or is there anything that I can do to help them. I water them daily as they get droopy in the above normal temps we have been having. And I feed them. Thank you for your help.


Answer: Tomatoes are warm season crops so they may wait until July before they really start growing and flowering. As long as they are in a sunny spot, they should produce fruit for you. I'd discourage daily watering; this makes the plants dependent upon frequent watering and encourages them to keep their roots near the soil surface where they can suffer from heat stress. Instead, I'd recommend a deep soaking once or twice a week (depending upon temperature). Deep watering will encourage deep rooting which will allow your plants to tolerate hot temperatures and will also help anchor your plants in the ground - they can get quite top-heavy in the middle of the growing season. A final suggestion is to make sure you plant 'early' season tomatoes. These plants take less time to produce mature fruit - an important consideration in your area because nights can get cold in the late summer which is when your plants will need as much warmth as possible to ripen those fruits. Best wishes with your garden!

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