Extend Your Tomato-Growing Season

Freeze water in 2-liter jugs to help keep your tomatoes healthy and fruiting even in the extreme heat of the deep south.

| June/July 2013

  • tomato blossoms
    During high heat conditions, bottles of ice can cool the area around your tomato plants to allow the blossoms to set fruit.
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  • tomato blossoms

Tomatoes grow well throughout the winter in Florida. By late spring, though, it’s too hot to get the fruit to set. I thought a bit and came up with a solution: frozen water in 2-liter soda bottles.

If I’m having trouble getting the fruit to set as the weather gets warmer, I simply put a plastic tent over the plant at night, and under the plastic tent I place the ice-filled bottles. This setup takes the air temperature down enough to allow the fruit to set on the tomato plants, and it works very well.

Hannah Robinson
Palm Harbor, Florida






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