You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.
Time to plant fall tomatoes
Q. Is it too late to plant fall tomatoes?
A. It is best if we can plant them in the first two weeks of August, but we have some flexibility if you use large transplants.
Tycoon is the first variety to consider. It gained a place in the home garden market because it is determinate and a heat-setter, plus it is resistant to tomato yellow wilt virus, a disease that all but wiped out the tomato crop in the autumn of 2010. Tycoon also performed well in tomato competitions in the area. It produced large, juicy, sweet fruit.
Tomato yellow wilt virus is spread by whiteflies. In 2010, waves of whiteflies that left the cotton fields when the plants were removed descended on area gardens. Whiteflies are sucking insects. Their initial penetration of tomato foliage in area gardens injected the virus. The plants proceeded to grow with crinkled, yellow, miniaturized foliage. Fruit, if it developed, was small and tough.
Other heat-setting varieties to consider are Phoenix, Solar Fire, Sunpride, Heatwave, and Surefire. Other recommended varieties include Celebrity, 444, and Cherry Surprise.
Q. We are going to try to grow tomatoes again this fall. Tell us what you recommend to control spider mites.
A. Spider mites are a major problem for tomatoes in this area. The pests are pin-head size, but do big time damage. They reproduce very quickly when the weather is hot, so a preventive treatment from the start is best.
Both neem oil and seaweed extract have some preventive effect. I am going to use a solution combining both. Mix 1 tablespoon neem oil and 2 tablespoons seaweed in a gallon of water. Spray once per week, applied to both the top and bottom of the leaves. If mites appear, the application frequency needs to be increased to twice/week. The idea is to keep the population under control until cooler weather arrives and the reproduction rate is reduced.
Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the San Antonio Water System’s project director of regional initiatives and special projects. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post a comment.
Agriculture Today Archives
Bull Classic Dec. 5 (November 25, 2015)
Davidson: Reduce antibiotic use, dispel beef myths (November 25, 2015)
EPA proposes changes to pesticide applicator rules (November 25, 2015)
Farm Bureau responds to beef cancer claims (November 25, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 25, 2015)
Livestock disaster funding available (November 25, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 25, 2015)
Llama competitors shine in state, national shows (November 25, 2015)
Plan to attend grazing lands conference (November 25, 2015)
Plant cool weather veggies (November 25, 2015)
Rancher’s Choice bull sale Dec. 5 (November 25, 2015)
Skills team places sixth (November 25, 2015)
TPWD announces annual trout stocking (November 25, 2015)
All Breed Bull Sale Nov. 21 in Nixon (November 18, 2015)
Clean Water Rule continues to make waves in Congress (November 18, 2015)
Conservation Service: Tips for planting winter pastures (November 18, 2015)
County committee elections begin (November 18, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 18, 2015)
Here’s the beef: Patterson wins FFA national title (November 18, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 18, 2015)
Moczygemba: Angus group CEO (November 18, 2015)
Onion recommendations (November 18, 2015)
A river runs through it: River changes spark border dispute (November 11, 2015)
Cold-sensitive oriental hibiscus (November 11, 2015)
Gov. Abbott: EPA’s Clean Power Plan is ‘power grab’ (November 11, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 11, 2015)
Knowles winner of mule deer hunt package (November 11, 2015)
Letter: A war on Texas: Bureau of Land Management vs. Texas ranchers (November 11, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 11, 2015)
Palo Alto College hosts FFA leadership conference (November 11, 2015)
Rodeo athletes place in Hallettsville contest (November 11, 2015)
‘Old Iron’ club show canceled! (November 11, 2015)
Antique Farm Equipment Demonstration and Field Day, Nov. 14 (November 4, 2015)
Cattlemen’s seminar Nov. 14 in Kosciusko (November 4, 2015)
Hay & Forage Report (November 4, 2015)
Impacts of rural land loss (November 4, 2015)
Livestock Market Reports (November 4, 2015)
Rain can be blessing, curse for farmers (November 4, 2015)
Ranch Rodeo fun in Nixon (November 4, 2015)
Ranching event set for Nov. 11 in Panna Maria (November 4, 2015)
Tips for spraying broccoli, cabbage (November 4, 2015)
Wet winter, spring is good news for hunters (November 4, 2015)
November 2015 Gardening Calendar (November 1, 2015)