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Come and visit North Haven Gardens, your destination for all your gardening needs in Dallas. As you step inside, you'll find a comprehensive selection of quality gardening equipment and a diverse plant nursery with a stunning array of indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Our expert garden coaches are dedicated to helping you turn your gardening dreams into reality. Plus, we now have delivery services available in Dallas (within our service area, call for details). Now you can ensure that your gardening essentials are conveniently brought to your doorstep. You can even sign up for a grow card membership to earn points and save on your purchases.

Here at North Haven Gardens, we take pride in offering a curated selection that caters to all levels of expertise. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, our friendly and professional staff is here to help. Visit our nursery in Dallas an experience the difference.

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Food Garden Prep: The Best Time to Plant Tomatoes in Texas!

It’s the third week of February and we’re getting in our first round of spring Tomatoes! No, it’s not too early. There is a reason we bring in our first crop at this time.

Heirloom tomatoes

The Right Timing for Tomato Planting Can Be Tricky

While tomatoes are a tropical plant and need warmth to thrive, they don’t respond well to the extreme heat we experience here in Texas. Because our summers get so hot, so fast, we have two tomato growing seasons; spring and fall. The trick to a good harvest on your spring-planted tomatoes is to get them fruiting before the onset of hot temperatures. Basically, it’s a bit of a race. The earlier you can plant them, but still protect them from cold, the better. For more guidance on planting times for tomatoes and other food crops, refer to our Zone 8 planting schedule.

When to Plant Tomatoes in Texas Gardens

Here in the Dallas area your spring-planted tomatoes can be planted outdoors between late-February and late-March. You really should stop planting 4” transplants by April 1st. In Dallas, the optimal planting time is right about March 15th, or a bit earlier. If you plant on the earlier side, be sure to keep some frost cloth on hand to protect plants during cold spells.

A fully ripened tomato


The Risks of Planting Too Early

Many gardeners make the mistake of waiting to plant spring tomatoes until they think there will be no more frost in sight. Waiting that long in our area usually results in the disappointment of little to no fruit production.

Your spring planted tomatoes should start producing harvestable fruit in late May through June and early July depending on the type and variety. Cherry tomatoes typically begin ripening first then, Roma type and then slicers.

Remember, Tomatoes Develop Based on Temperatures

Remember that fruit set and development in tomatoes is driven by temperature. Once our day/night average temperature is above 85° F, tomatoes typically won’t set fruit. That’s why there is a benefit to planting them early, so that they begin flowering and setting fruit while temperatures are still in the proper range. The high night temperatures we start experiencing in June are what typically shut fruit production down.

Poor fruit set can also be a result of poor watering and plants being too dry.  So be sure to keep plants consistently moist.  Topdress with 2″ of mulch to conserve soil moisture. To encourage better fruit set you can use Blossom Set, which is a natural plant hormone that helps fruit set even in less than desirable conditions. There are some heat-tolerant varieties that will perform better in hotter temperatures. Ask our Garden Advisors to show you our heat-tolerant varieties.

Fruit ripening is also a factor of temperature: The ideal temperature range for ripening is 68-77° F degrees. Colder or hotter than that, and fruit will often sit green on the vine.

Espoma Tomato ToneGet Help Planting Your Tomatoes this Season

Be sure to pick up one of our outstanding organic fertilizers for tomatoes: NHG Organic Herb & Veggie FoodNHG Herb & Veggie Food or Espoma Tomato Tone are must haves. Fertilize at planting time, and then again bi-weekly once plants set fruit. Set tomato cages on plants as soon as they go in the ground and grab a roll of our Velcro Plant Ties.

Check out our Tomato Planting Project List!





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