Tomatoes Replanted

Written by Chris on March 27th, 2010

I replaced all but one tomato seedling today with backup seedlings that I had kept growing indoors. I now realize I put the tomatoes out too early. Night temps were still dipping into the 40s most nights, and even into the 30s a few nights. I had always thought that “after the last freeze date” was the right time to plant tomatoes, but not so. I think they like lows in the 50s at the coldest, otherwise they don’t do much. Mine looked pitiful–smaller than when I put them out due to loss of some leaves. Leaves had turned purple for the most part.

I left one Black Cherry because I did not have enough backup seedlings. May go buy one more healthy seedling to replace that one if it doesn’t perk up.


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. I have had very good luck with Russian tomatoes in this regard. Last season, I left a few out in sub-freezing temperatures for a couple of days and they survived and lived to fruit. Right now I have a Nepal tomato protected by a Wall 0f Water.

  2. Darth Paul says:

    “Last frost” is such bogus guidance…I don’t like that it’s used so widely.

    Warmer crops (most nightshades and cucurbits) need for the temps to not-dip below 50 to stay in the safe zone. If they have to stay out, it’s best to shelter them- esp with the wind that can drop the air temp more than 10 degrees. It can be simple. Plastic milk gallons w/the bottoms cut off work great.

    I also like to mist sprouts and seedlings with a seaweed solution (I add chamomile/clove tea to help against drop). I’m not sure it does much to boost cold resilience so early on, but it’s definitely not hurting them.

  3. JJ says:

    We sure have had lots of rain in these parts. How do you think it will affect the seedlings? I have always heard that excessive rain is not good for tomatoes or anything else really.

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