The Q&A Archives: Tomato Plants

Question: Last year and this year I planted tomatoes and both years the leaves rotted. When I lived in California I had beartiful tomatoes and squash and now I only get peppers and they are not coming out as plentiful as they should. What can I do to salvage my tomato plants. I tried watermelon and cantalopes this year and the cantalope plant look ok, but my watermelon is kind of drying up. Help

Answer: You are probably dealing with hotter temperatures and more humidity in Texas than you did in California - and I don't think the soil is quite as good in Texas as it is in California - so you've got some challenges ahead. Planting dates are different, too. You want to plant early enough that the fruit can set before temperatures get too hot, which can keep flowers from developing or if they do, the pollen can be sterile. The bottom line is not to expect flowering or fruit set in temperatures over 90F. There's a really good article from Texas A&M that you might find helpful:
Another helpful article:

Best wishes with your veggie garden!

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