Not sure what to say about this weather… just speechless.
Most of my tomato plants are doing ok…much, much shorter than usual as they have stopped growing vertically as they spend their energy trying to cope with the heat.
I lost 4 plants completely (2 ananas noir and 1 cherokee purple heart) due to some sort of physiological condition due to heavy early fruit set and the heat . We did manage to save the fruit from them though.
A few of my plants are still setting fruit in this high heat somehow, but most of the plants are just dropping any blossoms that form. It looks to get a bit cooler this week, so hopefully I’ll get some fruit set for a late summer harvest.
I really think the plants are doing well all things considered. The silver mulch film is bouncing a lot of heat off of the soil keeping it cooler. Watering very little in May and June forced the plants to have deep roots and I think this is what is keeping them going. Regular weekly spraying of fungicide and good pruning of any disease has helped as well. It was a lot of work, but we’re starting to harvest a lot of tomatoes now. First BLT of the season!
I’ll post up in a week or so with details on the Tomato Tasting…all things considered with the weather this year, we look forward to another great event on August 4th!