Heat and sun: what is the best lighting for tomatoes in the vegetable garden?

To have beautiful red and fleshy tomatoes, you still have to find the ideal spot in the vegetable garden. Do your plants need full sun or partial shade? Do they need a high temperature or room temperature? This handy article will answer all your questions!

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What is the best lighting for tomatoes?

If you are new to gardening, you need to train to avoid mistakes in the vegetable garden. While the tomato is easy to grow, knowing where to plant your foot isn’t always easy. Indeed, it is often recommended to seek a warm, sunny location, sheltered from the wind. But what does that mean in concrete terms?

Let’s start with sunshine, probably the most important criterion. To grow, our tomatoes needat least 8 hours of sun a day† Without this exposure, the fruits will not have all the energy they need to bear fruit. On the temperature side, a tomato plant cannot withstand high temperatures (more than 35 degrees). So vigilance is advised, especially during a heat wave. Here are a few tips to keep from getting confused:

  • During growth: between 15 and 20°C
  • During flowering: between 15 and 18°C
  • During fruiting: between 20 and 25°C

It is therefore essential to plant your tomatoes in a sunny place so that they can enjoy the sun during their development. But beware, who says full sun, says risk of heat stroke in summer (especially in the south of France). To avoid unpleasant surprises in the vegetable garden, it is best to choose a location in partial shade† This way, your fruit will benefit from the sun for a large part of the day!

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