Temperature Needs of Tomatoes

Q: My tomato plants did not perform well last year. I’m planting recommended varieties, but I was disappointed in the number of tomatoes. What can I do?

A. Tomato transplants are extremely sensitive to weather and moisture. They will often drop their blossoms if temperatures drop below 55 degrees, if there are too many heavy rains or if there are frequent dry winds. Try to resist planting tomato plants in your garden too early. The Garden recommends setting transplants out after May 25 and keeping an eye on the thermometer at night. Plastic sheeting and upturned baskets are all good protection for unexpected inclement weather.