What to do after a frost gets young tomato plants?
Due to an early sunny spring here in PA, my wife and i planted tomatoes and green bell peppers on may 7th. Then on the news was a frost warning and everyone i knew was in panic because they planted too! With a low of 31 degrees i didn't cover anything but remain calm about it figuring that an early sun would melt it up and the plants had a little more morning drink! To my surprise that is what happened!!! no frost on the windshield of my car and were good to go! The next night i checked the weather. chilly with a low 33 degrees. well again was not worried about it because the night before turned out great with a lower temp and everything was fine. To my surprise that is NOT what happened!!! There was frost every where and now on the 20th i still have somewhat damaged/dying tomato and pepper plants. Ive been told they'll bounce back...??? If they do how long does it take them? should i prune the dead/dying leaves off the plants and the ones that don't make it, replace? Any advice is appreciated, thanks in advance!
Plant 10-14 days after last frost date
Check your local extension or a region map for recommended planting dates. Tomatoes do best when planted about 10-14 days after the last frost date.
Make sure itís consistently warm both day and night. (Tomatoes donít like to be cold.)
Kathy at tomatodirt