[tomato] Growing in Florida

Celeste or Dave Anderson (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Thu, 11 Mar 1999 19:02:30 +0000

> When I said gro light, I meant any good light.....as far low temps and
> basements.....well, that is something you generally won't find in Florida,
> especially South Florida.  We don't have cool rooms, (a/c generally set no
> lower than 70 degrees), and we don't have basements because of the water
> table.  God forbid for a tornado, we don't have a basement).  But in our
> favor,  I've got tomato plants with green fruit growing right now, and my
> wife just made a stir fry dinner with snow peas we have growing in our
> garden.  No place is perfect.......it's easy to create a small heated area,
> but it's not easy to CREATE a cool growing area in the sixties or lower.
It's not necessary to establish a growing area with temperatures in 
the sixties or lower to grow tomatoes. If Hurricane Andrew or the 
developers didn't wipe out the farms, most of the supermarket 
tomatoes for the east coast are grown in the Homestead area.

This is not a defense of supermarket tomatoes, but proof that 
tomatoes will grow in south Florida. Your job is to find 
varieties that taste good. I still have a few packets of Caspian Pink 
which are available to anyone for a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope. 
All I ask is that you let me know how they did for you so that I can 
pass the information on to the seed company. To the best of my 
knowledge I haven't had any requests from south Florida.
Dave Anderson
Tough Love Chile Co.
e-mail Chilehead@tough-love.com