Tomato is the vegetable that everyone likes to plant

Horticulture News


Remember when I said there are about 10,000 varieties of tomatoes to choose from so you should be able to find one that works best for you here in Kansas? Tomato is the vegetable that everyone likes to plant. It’s also the garden crop that is easy to grow but seems to have about 1,000 problems for the home gardener, however we usually end up getting them to grow anyway!


Like why won’t my tomatoes produce? There are lots of reasons why so here is just one.


With the high daytime temperatures, you may notice your otherwise healthy tomato plants failing to produce fruit. When daytime temperatures reach above 85 degrees F it interferes with pollination and can cause the plants to abort their flowers. The optimal temperature for tomatoes to fruit is between 70 and 85 degrees F. Once the weather returns to more moderate temperatures the plants will resume fruit production. During the period of slowed fruiting, ensure plants are receiving proper care to reduce the amount of stress.

There are some varieties of tomatoes that are less sensitive to the heat including cherry tomatoes and some larger, slicing tomatoes, but the heat tolerance is only a few degrees different.


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