The Q&A Archives: Growing Chiles and Tomatoes

Question: We would like to grow chiles and tomatoes in South Florida. Is that possible?

Answer: You bet! Burpee has a great list of adapted varieties that will do well in Florida. Summer heat will shut down production, but late winter/spring and fall gardening can be very productive in your area.

Select a sunny location as tomatoes and peppers need sun. Prepare the soil by adding lots of well composted organic matter and mixing it in well. You can begin starting transplants in late July and set them out in the garden 6 weeks later. This internet site will be a wealth of information on planting dates for you:

You will also find lots of great gardening information for Florida at this internet site:

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