The Best Time to Plant Tomatoes in Texas

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Texas has a long growing season that allows for the planting of tomatoes twice a year. In the spring, set out plants in mid-April when all danger of frost has passed. When planting for a fall harvest, transplant tomato plants in July, or 120 days before the first frost in your area.

Preparation

  • Pick a planting site that receives at least six to eight hours of full sun. Amend the soil with two inches of composted manure. Work into the soil a slow release fertilizer that contains 19-5-9 of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. To avoid disease when planting a second fall crop, plant new plants in a different spot than the spring planting.

Planting

  • Set plants in the ground 1 to 2 inches deeper than the top of the root ball. Bury stems up to the first leaves. Place 4 to 6 inches of organic mulch around the base of the plant.

Harvesting

  • Pick tomatoes before the first frost. Place tomatoes that are still green in a cardboard box that is lined with newspaper. Cover and store them in a cool place. Check tomatoes daily for ripeness.

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