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Q.I Live In Zone 7B. Temperature In June & July Were 95+. Tomatoes & Sweet Peppers Were Smaller Than I Expected. Would Shade Cloth

Zone 7B Knoxville, TN | Anonymous added on August 28, 2023 | Answered

help ? There were not many blooms during this period. Could the extreme heat early in the season be a cause? Would shade cloth help?

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Answered on August 31, 2023

Tomatoes won't set fruit when the air temperature is above 85 degrees F. during the day. Shade cloth does help. Here is more:


For peppers, they like warm weather all summer. Make sure you are watering and fertilizing enough. Here is more:



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