- Mar 2, 2019
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Normally both are started 6-8 weeks before our last frost. What's the earliest you start your Tomato & Pepper Seeds?
Yep......What Chuck said.....these two were started 8 weeks before last frost date for zone 8b....peppers do grow MUCH slower than 'mater' plants. The "gem" that I gleaned from Chuck's advise....."plant peppers in the ground 30 days after tomatoes".Eight weeks for tomatoes. Any earlier and they would get too large to take care of properly or take up too much room. Peppers can be started earlier and even kept in containers but the rule of thumb is to plant pepper seeds at the same time as tomato seeds and plant in the ground 30 days after tomatoes, the reason being soil temperatures are still to low to allow proper growth of the pepper plants. Pepper plants don't grow near as fast as tomatoes so they are easier to maintain.
What heat resistant varieties do you plant?-8 weeks prior is about right for starting my first canning tomatoes...more like -2 weeks for my late summer heat resistant varieties of tomatoes. Peppers I just buy the plants from Bonnies and set them out when soils warm at about +4 weeks and they usually produce all the way to November.
What heat resistant varieties do you plant?
I mentioned Heatmaster above...my personal favorite for August. Celebrity although not advertised as heat tolerant does really well for me in the heat. Bella Rosa another. An heirloom I've heard is good is the Arkansas Traveler but haven't tried it yet.
The key for late summer production for me is late afternoon shade and starting them later than others in spring,
I was looking for seeds and found several places that offer them. Too late for this year and I already have all my tomatoes ready to go in the ground for this year. I will probably send off for some and try for a fall crop this year and then again next spring too.Long ago I gave up on a fall tomato crop here. Too dicey.
Try the Heatmasters...Bonnies will usually have some plants for sale later in the season. They aren't huge producers, but reliable setting fruit in August and Sept. when others fail.
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