How to Save Your Tomato Plants from Frost

May 12, 2012 by

how to save your tomato plants from frost“I recently planted my tomato plants, and even though it is the beginning of May, my tomato plants got hit with a cold freeze, is my tomato plant dead, is there any way to save them?”

Your tomato plant is not dead. However, the damaged part of the tomato plant can be saved, but most of the time you’ll still be able to save your plant.

When tomato plants get cold and freeze, the plant cells expand and break. When this happens the plant starts to wilt. All of the leaves that have frozen are not going to recover. And even though they might regain some of their shape, but they are still yellow and they are not beneficial to your plant anymore. The good news is that you can cut off all the yellow spots and most of the time, tomato plants are pretty hardy. If they have a good root system, they can recover even if you have to cut them all the way back to the stem.

How to Keep Your Tomato Plants from Freezing

There are a few different ways that you can keep your tomato plants from freezing. When the tomato plant is cold, you can cover them in a burlap sack, or with a plastic bucket. You can shine a floodlight on them, or keep them warm with Christmas tree lights. Not only will this help your tomato plants to keep from freezing in the springtime, but it might also extend their season in the fall. Even a few degrees of extra warmth can help your tomato plant to recover.

How to Prune Your Frozen Tomato Plant

how to prune frozen tomato plants

Well, you have to prune off all the injured leaves and stems of your frozen tomato plants, all the way back to the main stem. If you leave them on your part, it will take a lot longer for your plant to recover because it will have to use it’s energy to maintain the damage part of the tomato. Most of the time, even if you do get rid of a lot of the leaves, your tomato plant should be able to recover within a matter of a few weeks.

If your tomato plants are ready to have fruit on them, you’re going to have to remove and get rid of all the red fruits. A lot of times, the green fruit gets damaged as easily by the frost. If the green fruit turns mushy, you’ll have to take this off of your tomato plant also.

If it is already fall, and you want to extend the life of your tomato plant, try to transplant into a pot and bring it inside of your garage. As long as it can still get a bit of sunlight, it will continue to produce some fruit throughout the winter.

If you have problems with your tomato plants freezingevery year, try using different varieties of tomatoes. There are some varieties that are much more resistant to Frost. Usually, these are the ones with the thinner leaves. For some reason, tomato plants with thick leaves tend to get damaged a lot more by frost.

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