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Why are tomatoes grown using plastic mulch?

Plastic mulch is used for two main reasons: earliness and water relations. Plastic mulch helps maintain heat in the soil and increases the rate of plant growth. The first tomatoes to hit the market get the best prices. Using mulch can shorten the interval from planting to harvest by as much as one week if the sun shines. Plastic mulch also helps prevent evaporation form the soil. A more even moisture regime helps prevent blossom end rot.

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The leaves of green tomato plants droop on the plants
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens July 6, 2018

Common Diseases of TomatoesCRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. -- Conditions have been ideal this summer for a disease outbreak that makes tomatoes wilt and look like they are just too dry.

Southern blight is a fungal disease of tomatoes commonly characterized by white, thread-like growth and brown or tan, round structures known as sclerotia at the base of the stem.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Tomato Pepper and Eggplant February 5, 2018

Greenhouse tomato growers and other interested individuals are invited to attend the 28th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7.

Blossom-end rot, seen on this tomato, is a common problem in home gardens. It is typically caused by uneven watering, which prevents enough calcium from reaching the fruit. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Scott Corey)
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens June 21, 2012

MISSISSIPPI STATE – While nothing may beat the fresh taste of a home-grown tomato, a lot of things can go wrong in the garden to prevent the fruit from ever making it to the table.

Garden experts say tomato plants should be watered well, fertilized correctly, grown in direct sunlight and spaced properly so their leaves stay as dry as possible.

David Nagel, vegetable and home garden specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, listed three common problems that can plague tomato plants.

Sweet Pickle pepper has 2-inch-long fruit that resembles the big and bold old-fashioned Christmas tree lights. Its fruit is sweet rather than hot, and the plant loads up with a bounty of red, orange, yellow and purple fruit all at one time.
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens September 24, 2009

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

If you would like to give your garden a festive fall atmosphere, then find a prominent place to put in ornamental peppers. Their blooms are not noteworthy, but varieties like Sweet Pickle and Garda Tricolore have fruit that will show off like Christmas lights.

Ornamental peppers are one of the plants that leap off the garden center shelves this time of the year. If you love them in the fall, try growing them all season.

Tequila sweet bell peppers start off green, then change to yellow, orange, deep dark purple and eventually become a tasty sweet red pepper. Suitable for harvest in any color, these Mississippi Medallion award-winning peppers add a colorful zest to salads.
Filed Under: Tomato Pepper and Eggplant, Vegetable Gardens February 1, 2007

By Norman Winter
MSU Horticulturist
Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center

Winter's coldest days drive most of us deep into the cushions of our easy chairs, and gardening is largely in the form of dreams about spring and summer plantings.

Permit me to do a little armchair quarterbacking by encouraging gardeners to consider growing an incredible sweet bell pepper called Tequila. The Mississippi Plant Selections Committee recently introduced it as a 2007 Mississippi Medallion award winner. 


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