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    July 19, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    the large corporate tomato farms in south Florida have two growing seasons for tomatoes ………..and they take a two month break in the summer because of the heat.

    my question: while planting in the spring season yields a crop before the summer heat …… i able to maintain (keep) the same ‘mature’ indeterminate plants for another crop in the fall when the temperatures are right. (understanding, of course, that there’ll be no setting of fruit in the extreme temperatures of the summer.)

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      GrowJoy Plants
      September 7, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      Mel, for nonstop tomatoes you’ll need to plant in the spring and then again at the end of June. As the first season goes along the plant will start getting tired and production will drop. So replanting for a second season will give you a fresh crop! Happy growing!

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    Marsha Fitzgerald
    June 15, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Hello, I have two small boxwood shrubs that I’ve had for a couple of years. We had a few heavy snowfalls this past winter (I’m in zone 6) that weighed the shrubs down but they quickly bounced back once the snow melted. By spring some of the leaves had turned yellow but I cut those off. The shrubs are nice and green now but the stems are all splayed out and flopped over. Do you know if there’s anything I can do to save them? Or is it time to get new shrubs? Thanks.

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      August 4, 2021 at 11:36 am

      I would recommend waiting it out another year to see if they perk back up. Good luck, Joe

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    Pam Drake
    September 2, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    I want to plant some pampas grass on the crest of our hill in the field, for privacy from neighbors. I purchased the seeds earlier this year. I wanted to, but was unable to plant outside because it has gotten too late now.
    So I thought I’d start the seeds indoors. I have already planted them, and within about 6 days most had sprouted. They are now about 1 1/2 inches, and only about half came up (it’s now been 3 weeks since planting them, so I doubt that anymore will be sprouting). I just wanted to know how tall they may get indoors before I plant in the ground, which will be nearly 8 months before spring is in swing. So I’ll be dividing them and planting in large pots if they start to get too tall, and then transplanting into the ground. The containers they are in right now is not deep, only about 2 inches, and I assume they will need more room beneath for the roots to be comfortable.
    Any input you have would be great!

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      September 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Pam, the answer to this will depend on your grow zone. If you don’t know it, you can give us your postal code and we can find it.

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    Thomas Chaya
    April 16, 2022 at 11:27 am

    is this a good time to plant cucumbers in central florida i

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      April 19, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      Thomas, central Florida is zone 9a and 9b. You can still plant cucumber now, but make sure it’s well watered. Happy gardening!

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