Re: [tomato] seedling transplant

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 08:36:35 -0700

At 04:54 PM 3/3/99 -0700, you wrote:
>I have to agree with Byron that direct seeding tomatoes doesn't work
>everywhere.  In our low desert, the growing season is also too short but
>mainly because of the heat.    The best chance of success is to start the
>seeds around January 1, grow the plants to 1 gallon size and set them out in
>late February.  If we were to wait until March when the soil is usually just
>warm enough to seed directly, we would be experiencing 95 deg plus
>temperatures by the time the plants start to bloom.
>Olin, Phoenix  AZ
You're probably right. Your conditions are completely different from the
rest of the country.  Kay Lancaster grew tomatoes from direct seeding in
Iowa, I grew them in Idaho.  Both areas have more tomato-friendly temps
than Phoenix in the summer.  Margaret