> 1. I was planning on setting the plants out in April about a month before the
> last frost date under plastic row covers. I have done this with Early Girl
> Tomatoes with success. I assume these tomatoes becuase of their cold
> hardiness will be able to grow some under these conditions. I plan to put
> clear plastic on the ground about two weeks before planting to warm the soil.
> Depending on number of plants, I put a cold frame structure over the plants or
> put a cage over them that is wrapped with plastic to keep off the wind and
> cover it at night
Just make sure you take off the cover off if it gets warmer and your plants begin
to blossom say sometime in May. High temps under row covers will abort early
blossoms which is what you want to keep, to have those early delicous tomatoes.
> 2. Do I need to stake or cage these tomatoes? (I usually use cages.) How
> tall will these plants grow.
check if they are determinant or indeterminant. Either cages or stakes will work,
but for a few plants I would do cages.
> 3. How much space do I need to leave between the plants in the row?
Rows should be at least 50" apart and 22" in the row
> 4. Is there anything special these tomatoes need to get an early start?
having nice "stocky" transplants will be the best thing to getting them off to a
quick start.the seeds should be started soon and grown in at the minumum, 3" pots
> 5. What will happen when it turns hot? Will they keep producing or die?
depends on variety.
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