Are you sad gardening season is coming to an end? You might not be thinking about planting vegetables in September, but fall is the perfect time to plant garlic! Just like tulips and daffodils, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in early summer. Watch this video to learn more:
The hot weather we have had recently not only interferes with flower pollination but also can affect how quickly fruit matures. The best temperature for tomato growth and fruit development is 85 to 90F. When temperatures exceed 100 degrees, the plant goes into survival mode and concentrates on moving water. Fruit development slows to a crawl. When temperatures moderate, even to the low to mid 90s, the fruit will ripen more quickly.
Tomato color can also be affected by heat. When temperatures rise above 95 degrees F, red pigments don’t form properly though the orange and yellow pigments do. This results in orange fruit. This doesn’t affect the edibility of the tomato, but often gardeners want that deep red color back.
So, can we do anything to help our tomatoes ripen and have good color during extreme heat? Sure, there is. We can pick tomatoes in the “breaker” stage. Breaker stage tomatoes are those that have started to turn color. At this point, the tomato has cut itself off from the vine and nothing will be gained by keeping it on the plant. If tomatoes are picked at this stage and brought into an air-conditioned house, they will ripen more quickly and develop a good, red color. A temperature of 75 to 85 degrees F will work well.
Everyone loves to grow tomatoes but unfortunately, they can be prone to disease. If your tomatoes have ever looked brown and splotchy you might have a leaf spot disease. The link below will help guide you when diagnosing and preventing tomato disease.
If you are a new gardener or would like to freshen up your skills, K-State Research and Extension is here to help. We offer a variety of local and research-based information for all your gardening questions. This video shows some of our favorite resources.
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