“Our Lubbock May through Sept. 14 optimal growing months mostly averaged daily highs of 95 degrees or hotter with very little nighttime cool-down. Spritz those temperatures with a scant 1.17 inches of rain, add low humidity and stir in high winds, and you’ve cooked up the perfect recipe for tomato disaster.”
– Select heat-tolerant varieties.
– Avoid heirloom varieties that yield less than hybrids and require more vine care.
– Plant as early as possible by protecting plants with clear plastic-wrapped cages.
– Plant where late afternoon shade helps cool the plants to reduce blossom drop.
– Mulch with shredded bark or white plastic, not heat-absorbing black plastic.
– Water, but not too much, and stick to a fertilizer schedule aimed at optimal growth.