Vail Daily Landscape Logic column: Help plants survive the heat

By Melanie Wong

Now that Colorado is finally moving into the hot days of summer, be aware of how warmer temps affect edibles – especially our No. 1 homegrown crop, tomatoes.While we often think tomatoes thrive on warm days, that’s not exactly the case. According to the tomato growers at Jung, it takes about five weeks for a tomato flower to become a fully ripe fruit. During the first three weeks it grows to full size and during the last two weeks, it ripens. Temps soaring above 90 degrees will slow down this process.What happens as temps rise?• When temps hit 85 degrees, …

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