This is how the heat impacts your garden
Aug 4, 2023, 7:30 AM | Updated: Sep 5, 2023, 12:42 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Gardening is a fun activity, but it can be difficult in the heat — and the impacts on your garden can really hit your potential harvest hard.
“Most of our garden plants thrive at temperatures in the 80s to about 90,” said Taun Beddes, co-host of the KSL Greenhouse Show. “When you get above that, plants can start to run into problems.”
When it’s 95 to 98 degrees, that’s when you need to start being on the lookout for those common heat problems.
One plant that many people have questions about is the tomato. If you’re wondering why your tomatoes aren’t ripening, Beddes says a lot of that depends on when you planted them.
If you planted them in early May, there’s a high chance that you already got your tomatoes.
“The tomatoes — for a couple of weeks through June — were able to set fruit because the temperatures were cool enough,” Beddes said.
If you planted them in mid-June, then you may have noticed very few blossoms. This is because they’ve mostly only experienced temperatures higher than 90 degrees. In that case, you will likely have to wait until late August into September.
Listen to more on how heat impacts your garden in the full podcast below.