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Question: A couple of months ago I planted solar fire tomatoes. We live in the San Antonio area and my concern is that I might have planted too late. I have approximately 24 little tomatoes on these plants and would like to see them grow to maturity. Did I plant too late? Can you make any recommendations? Thank you for any help you might provide as I am not quite the gardener that I would like to be.

Answer: If you planted your Solar tomatoes in July, they should set fruit. Solar tomatoes mature in 70 days and this plant produces high yields of 9 oz bright red tomatoes in high temperatures so it's a good variety for your growing region. In fact, it will set fruit when daytime temperatures are 92 degrees which is quite warm for tomato plants. But if you didn't plant until August or September, there may not be enough heat for the plants to fully mature the fruit they have set. Provide as much sunshine as possible; reflected heat will also help. If the plants are in containers, move them near a south-facing wall. If the plants are in the ground, try covering the soil around them with black plastic to absorb and reflect heat. Next year plant in July or choose a variety that has a shorter date to maturity or is a cool season variety. Hope this information helps!

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