UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


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Tomato assortment

How to grow: Tomatoes

Pest management: Tomato cultural tips, pests, and diseases

The Basics

When to plant: April–June. For best results, wait until night time temperatures are consistently warm.

Harvest window: July–October, depending on variety

Fertilization: Over fertilization results in excessive leafy growth at the expense of flowers and fruit.

Care overview:

  • Cage or stake plants to support expected growth. Indeterminate varieties can grow 6 feet tall or more.
  • Water regularly but not excessively.
  • Harvest tomatoes when fully colored and beginning to soften.

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Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

See our list of Spring Garden Market Tomato varieties for varieties that we have found perform well here.

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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