Re: [tomato] starting fall tomatoes

Ron Hay (
Thu, 08 Jul 1999 07:13:18 -0700

Hello, Justine

Here in the San Fernando Valley (Sunset 20/21) the stars of this year's show
are Burpee's Roma. It is absolutely fecund! As for out of hand tomatoes, Early
Girl and Big Girl (also Burpee) are doing fabulously....not to mention their
cherry tomato (the name of which escapes me [its name plate is completely
obscured by our HUGE epazote plant!]).  I lost count at 65 tomatoes on the
first plant in the row.


Van Nuys, CA wrote:

> I'd like some advice on starting fall tomatoes.  Right now it is hot here,
> but not humid.  Tempts can range from 80-95 with (usually) cool nights.  I
> start my spring seeds in the garage under grow lights.  This is impossible
> now since the garage is on the south side of the house and takes most of
> the heat.  It is blazing in there!!   Can I start my seeds outside under a
> screen to take off some heat?  The seeds won't get the same direct light of
> course.  Will this effect them?   I could also try inside the house in  a
> south facing window, but I'd rather not since this would be in the living
> room.
> Lastly, will tomatoes that usually do well in the South also do well here?
> We have the heat and the long season but not the humidity.  I live in San
> Jose, CA.  It's zone 9 and I think a Sunset zone 15.
> Thanks for all your words o' wisdom :)
> J