Grow Great Tomatoes

Spring has finally arrived and our thoughts are turning to fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes. This cold, wet spring, means that soil and air temperatures are still cool, especially at night. Tomatoes are tropical plants and do best when soil is above 60 degrees. We have already seen several frosts, and our typical frost free date is around mid-May. The Growing Place staff recommends waiting to plant tomatoes in the ground until after that time and to protect plants from temperatures below 45° F. Cool temperatures will stunt tomato growth


As you plan your crops this year, think about what your family likes to eat and how much produce you will use. Cherry tomatoes grown in a container are an easy snack for kids and adults. You can also extend your tomato season by starting with early varieties like Early Girl and adding later producing heirlooms such as Brandywine. Tomatoes love water, but do best when watered at the soil level so moisture doesn’t collect on the leaves, attracting fungus. Consider adding companion plants such as basil, marigold, chives, and bee balm to your garden as they improve the growth and flavor of tomatoes.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

Winter Office Hours

January 1 - March 23

During the winter months while we are not open to the public, we do have office hours Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and are happy to answer any questions you might have. If you are stopping in, please call ahead.

Spring Begins March 24, 2018!  

Growing for the future with
right plants in right places.