Going Green: Learning To Grow Tomato Plants In West Texas

Published 04/17 2014 12:32PM

Updated 04/17 2014 06:50PM

Tomato plants can be a big hit in the spring and summertime. Knowing when to plant them is a common question. If the temperature falls below freezing unexpectedly there a few things you can do.

"Cover them up if you can, keep your fingers crossed,” says gardener Michele Bosley.

Sherrone Boudreau sent the KTAB Weather team multiple pictures of her tomato plants Monday evening, right before the big freeze on Tuesday.

"It will help, it will help keep the wind off,” adds Bosely.

Bosley is just as concerned about the heat. Bosley recommends planting no later than April 27th.

"Give it at least six hours of sunlight, from morning until about 2pm in the afternoon,” says Bosley.

Too much time in the sun will kill your tomato plants. Hanging tomato plants are basically miniature green houses. You won’t have to water as much.

A Topsy Turvy plant is becoming more and popular. You can also make an arrangement out of a bucket or pot.

"You need a smaller tomato like a Husky or Patio,” says Bosley.

Heavy tomatoes will weigh the bucket or pot down. Be careful because you don't want your hanging plant to break. A good rule of thumb is no more than five ounces per tomato.

"Some people want to plant tomatoes all summer,” says Bosley.

In order to keep your crop going, Bosely recommends planting a few tomatoes at a time. Many of the tomatoes in Texas are hybrids, causing the plants to only last one go around. Bosely grew up in Baltimore, a great environment for tomatoes.

"Smaller than what I got up north, it could be the heat that did that, but the taste was the same,” says Bosley.

Getting your tomato plants ready before the heat really sets in.

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