Re: [tomato] Tomato Fruit Set & Hot Weather

John Cramer (
Sun, 25 Apr 1999 23:28:18 -0400

I live a solid zone 9, Sarasota, FL.  Our night temp goes above 70 for most
of May through September. It was more the night temp that the University of
Florida agricultural agents I've contacted said would keep tomatoes from
setting crops.  They recommend a two season year to maximize my yield. Start
seeds in Jan for first season, then destroy the plants. Start the 2nd season
in Aug. They explained that trying to keep the plants through the
non-productive months just highly raised the propensity for developing
disease and spreading it throughout my crop. It wasn't worth the trouble they
Hope this helps.

Olin wrote:

> In our desert climate, the daytime highs regularly exceed 90 deg. F after
> May 5.  Any suggestions for extending the period for fruit set in hot
> weather?  -Olin