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Tomato plants are warm season sun loving plants that can be grown in Las Vegas garden beds or in large pots or patio containers.

There are hundreds of varieties, shapes and sizes of tomato plants and tomato fruits.

Determinate tomatoes are more compact and don’t need staking.

Indeterminate types are sprawling and will need training and support.

Most tomato plants will not set fruit in the summer when temperatures are above 100F degrees. Planting early allows for a crop of fruit to set before it gets too hot. Fruit will start to set again in the early fall when the temperatures start to cool down.

Some varieties are bred to grow in hot climates and are best for Vegas conditions. The events listed below are good places to get information on the best varieties to grow here.

Leslie Doyle the ‘Tomato Lady’ will be at Plant World Nursery located at 5301 West Charleston Ave. to talk about tomatoes.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 from noon to 1 pm

Lots of tomato, herb and other seedlings in different sizes are available at garden shops and nurseries now for transplanting into the garden. Get a head start with these garden ready tomato plants.

The Springs Preserve is offering a garden workshop on tomato growing in the Mojave Desert climate.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

Reservations are required and there is $10 fee for members, $15 for non-members for the workshop. Call 702-822-7700 to reserve a space.

The workshop will be held in the gardens at the Springs Preserve located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Also, at the Springs Preserve on March 15 from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm is the ‘Botanicals and Beyond: Secrets of the Soil’ which is an ongoing event held the third Saturday of each month. No reservations are required and there is a small fee of $3 for members and $5 for non-members.

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