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Tomato
Plant Care Instructions By Lucy Warren

Tomato plants are native to tropical South America and dislike cold. In Southern California plants will bear from late spring to early autumn and occasionally winter over.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b, 11
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • February
      • Sow Seeds

          You can start your tomato seeds in flats either indoors with grow lights or in a warm sheltered area that gets nearly full sun. Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

      • Protect

          Protect young plants from cold weather.

    • March
      • Buy

          Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

      • Sow Seeds

          Start your tomato seeds in flats. Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

      • Protect

          Protect young plants from cold weather.

    • April
      • Buy

          Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

      • Plant

          Time to plant your tomato seedlings.

      • Sow Seeds

          Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

      • Fertilize

          Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

      • Water

          Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Prune

          Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

      • Pest/Disease Inspection

          Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

    • May
      • Buy

          Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

      • Plant

          Time to plant your tomato seedlings.

      • Fertilize

          Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

      • Water

          Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Prune

          Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

      • Pest/Disease Inspection

          Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

      • Harvest

          Early planted and early bearing varieties may be ripening.

    • June
      • Buy

          Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

      • Plant

          Time to plant your tomato seedings.

      • Fertilize

          Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

      • Water

          Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Prune

          Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

      • Pest/Disease Inspection

          Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

      • Harvest

          Enjoy your harvest

    • July
      • Plant

          Last chance, plant tomato seedlings by July 15!

      • Fertilize

          Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

      • Water

          Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Harvest

          Enjoy your harvest

    • August
      • Water

          Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Harvest

          Enjoy your harvest

    • September
      • Water

          Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

      • Harvest

          Enjoy your harvest.

    • October
      • November
        • December
          • Winter
            • Spring
              • Summer
                • Fall
                  • Buy

                    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • March

                      Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

                    • April

                      Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

                    • May

                      Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

                    • June

                      Buy your tomato seedlings for planting.

                  • Plant

                    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Time to plant your tomato seedlings.

                    • May

                      Time to plant your tomato seedlings.

                    • June

                      Time to plant your tomato seedings.

                    • July

                      Last chance, plant tomato seedlings by July 15!

                  • Sow Seeds

                    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • February

                      You can start your tomato seeds in flats either indoors with grow lights or in a warm sheltered area that gets nearly full sun. Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

                    • March

                      Start your tomato seeds in flats. Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

                    • April

                      Consider selecting varieties with disease resistance.

                  • Fertilize

                    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

                    • May

                      Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

                    • June

                      Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

                    • July

                      Amend the soil adding compost and/or fertilizer to the soil prior to planting. For continuing good crops feed again one to two months after planting.

                  • Water

                    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                    • May

                      Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                    • June

                      Plant in moist soil, keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                    • July

                      Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                    • August

                      Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                    • September

                      Keep soil evenly moist (but not overly wet) around plant at all times for maximum production and minimal pest and disease problems.

                  • Prune

                    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • April

                      Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

                    • May

                      Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

                    • June

                      Pinch back to encourage full, compact growth.

                  • Mulch

                    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

                    •  Jan
                    •  Feb
                    •  Mar
                    •  Apr
                    •  May
                    •  Jun
                    •  Jul
                    •  Aug
                    •  Sep
                    •  Oct
                    •  Nov
                    •  Dec
                    • Protect

                      When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • February

                        Protect young plants from cold weather.

                      • March

                        Protect young plants from cold weather.

                    • Pest/Disease Inspection

                      What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • April

                        Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

                      • May

                        Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

                      • June

                        Check plants regularly for diseases and pests, especially tomato horn worm - Green caterpillar-like insects with horns and they bite! and also do short work with the leaves of the tomato plant.

                    • Treat for Pest/Disease

                      How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                      •  Jan
                      •  Feb
                      •  Mar
                      •  Apr
                      •  May
                      •  Jun
                      •  Jul
                      •  Aug
                      •  Sep
                      •  Oct
                      •  Nov
                      •  Dec
                      • Transplant

                        When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

                        •  Jan
                        •  Feb
                        •  Mar
                        •  Apr
                        •  May
                        •  Jun
                        •  Jul
                        •  Aug
                        •  Sep
                        •  Oct
                        •  Nov
                        •  Dec
                        • Propagate

                          When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                          •  Jan
                          •  Feb
                          •  Mar
                          •  Apr
                          •  May
                          •  Jun
                          •  Jul
                          •  Aug
                          •  Sep
                          •  Oct
                          •  Nov
                          •  Dec
                          • Harvest

                            When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec
                            • May

                              Early planted and early bearing varieties may be ripening.

                            • June

                              Enjoy your harvest

                            • July

                              Enjoy your harvest

                            • August

                              Enjoy your harvest

                            • September

                              Enjoy your harvest.

                          • Special requirements

                            Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

                            •  Jan
                            •  Feb
                            •  Mar
                            •  Apr
                            •  May
                            •  Jun
                            •  Jul
                            •  Aug
                            •  Sep
                            •  Oct
                            •  Nov
                            •  Dec

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