[gardeners] tomatoes in February

Carol J. Bova (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 02 Feb 2001 21:30:16 -0800

I couldn't bring myself to pull out my plain old Roma tomato vines while 
they still had flowers on them, so I thought I'd wait 'til winter did them 
in. But it never happened! With the La Nina effects, rainfall was greatly 
delayed, and we even had temps in the 80's in December. Well, all those 
little tomato flowers took advantage of those summery days, and the rains 
since then, and set fruit. A few have ripened (and tasted great),  and more 
look like they're going to make it all the way to ripe.

Now here are the questions: am I risking creating a bad situation for next 
season by not removing them? (diseases or bugs -- I have been picking off 
dead leaves, and new ones are growing at the original nodes on the stems)

Can they go more than one season if the weather stays moderate?

Should I feed them now? (been using Miracle-Gro for tomatoes)

And any suggestions for heritage or exotic tomatoes for spring planting?

Will appreciate your advice,
         In Sunland, Cal Sunset Zone 19

tomato picked on January 5th, 2001