[Market-farming] Row cover and Mature Tomato plants

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Thu Oct 8 17:05:17 EDT 2009

I've had tomatoes survive 25F if the tunnel is well sealed. Draping the floating cover over the tomatoes works fine. It shouldn't hurt the plants at all, unless it gets a whole lot colder


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 16:02:28 -0400
>From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>  
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Row cover and Mature Tomato plants  
>To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> On Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:43:15 -0700 (PDT), jay sleichter wrote:
>> My tomatoes are in hoop buildings and I would like to try to extend my season
>> past this cold snap.  It is going to be 29-32 for the forecasted lows.  What
>> is the best method for putting row cover over mature tomato plants. Just
>> drape it over and know you may get some damage from where it touches the
>> leaves.  Row cover saved me this spring, I hope it will this fall too. 
>I'm no apologist for big oil, but it seems to me that this is exactly what portable kerosene heaters would be for. You could combine with row covers, of course. For the covers, I've seen growers suspend the cover above the plants, rather than drape it right on. If the air is still, as it would be in a tunnel, that should trap the air pretty well. Monofilament in a grid above the tomatoes might work to provide a quick and easy framework
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