The Q&A Archives: Planting tomatoes

Question: How late may I plant winter tomatoes? What is necessary for them to flourish (weather, sun, etc.)?

Answer: Late August and early September are the best times to plant a winter crop of tomatoes. Heirloom varieties do best and need 8-10 hours of direct sunshine each day. They won't grow if temperatures dip down into the 50's but should be productive as long as the days are warm and they get enough sunshine. They will need rich, loose soil and lots of sunshine. Look for the following cold tolerant varieties:
Anna Russian
Big Beef
Black Prince
Brandywine OTV
Cherokee Purple
Crazy Cherry
Dagma's Perfection
Green Zebra
Hawaiian Currant
Marianna's Peace
Paul Robeson
San Marzano Redorta
Sun Sugar
Super Sioux
Yellow Pear

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