Clemson Extension and Host of Making It Grow Amanda McNulty talks with fellow agent Zack Snipes about tomato diseases and best practices on how to avoid them.

Tomato Strategy

Feb 1, 2016

  Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Last week, someone asked Tony Melton which heirloom tomato variety would be best for growing in Charleston. Tony answered that to get good tomatoes,  be it heirloom or a hybrid variety, is to have transplants ready to go in the ground as soon as the weather permits. When temperatures are in the seventies at night, tomatoes (and other vegetables, don’t set fruit. And extremely hot daytime temperatures can render pollen infertile. So, have transplants of heirlooms and a few hybrids recommended for your area ready to pop in the ground when the danger of frost is past (or have row covers ready to protect tender plants). Also, have a second round of transplants ready to put out in the garden as summer begins to wind down. And  I always plant a few cherry tomatoes as they seem to perform no matter what!