The Best Time to Plant Tomatoes in Virginia
When can I plant my tomatoes outside?
Plant tomato seedlings outdoors when overnight temperatures remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Don't rely solely on the average last frost date, however. Generally, tomatoes can go outside about a week or two after the last frost in an area, but this isn't a strict rule. Weather conditions can vary from year to year.
What vegetables can I plant now in Virginia?
Now, for all the usual hot weather veggies like beans, cowpeas, corn, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelons, gourds and sunflowers, you should plant those seeds directly into the ground around July 17.
When to Plant Vegetables in Richmond, Virginia.
|Sow seeds indoors||n/a|
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|Direct sow seeds||Mar 17 - May 15|
What can I mulch my tomato plants with?
There are lots of options for the Best Mulch for Tomatoes and Peppers, you can use fine wood mulch, compost, grass clippings, paper mulch, fabric, straw, leaves or newspaper. We think the best mulches are grass clippings or good compost as they help feed the soil. Mulching can prevent a lot of problems in the garden.
When should I start seeds in Virginia?
The most critical date to keep in mind is the last average frost date in your area. In our area in central Virginia, it is May 10th – 15th. For most crops, that date is used in calculating your indoor seed-starting date.
What temperature can I leave my tomatoes outside?
Tomatoes need to be kept well above freezing to survive. There's no point trying to put them outside – or even into a greenhouse – until your last expected frost date has safely passed. Temperatures below 10ºC (50ºF) can result in slow growth and problems with flowering and fruiting.