Growing Tomatoes In Oregon: Everything You Need To Know

You want to know how to grow tomatoes in Oregon at home in the best possible manner?

Great! Stick with me since you will learn everything you need to know for growing tomatoes in Oregon so you may be able to avoid many mistakes other people make.

Moreover, you may also be able to give some useful advice to your loved ones since after reading this article, you will be a real expert when it comes to growing tomatoes in this region.

Without further ado, let’s get right into the action!

Do tomatoes grow well in Oregon?

Even though it will be harder to grow tomatoes in Oregon compared to growing tomatoes in Arizona or other hotter regions, you will still be able to grow decent tomato plants in Oregon as long as you are willing to put in some work and also follow the advice in my grower’s guides.

How long does it take to grow tomatoes in Oregon?

Most people are able to grow tomatoes from seed to harvest within 13 to 18 weeks in most parts of Oregon, depending on the tomato variety they want to grow and also on their skill level when it comes to growing plants at home in general.

How big do tomato plants grow in Oregon?

Thanks to pretty decent climatic conditions and many hours of sun your tomato plants in Oregon will get, they can grow quite big and you should therefore offer them at least 2 feet in the horizontal and 8 feet in the vertical so your plants can grow in a decent manner and deliver great results at the end of the growing cycle.

Can you expect great yields when growing tomatoes in Oregon?

Since climatic conditions are decent, you can expect pretty solid yields at the end of the growing season and even beginners can get pretty good harvests as long as they follow some basic advice and care well for their plants in general.

When to grow tomatoes in Oregon?

The best time to start growing tomatoes in Oregon from seed outdoors is between April and May as soon as you no longer expect spring frost.

If you want to start even earlier, you should rather pre-grow tomato seedlings indoors and transplant them outdoors later on when it gets warmer outdoors.

Can you grow tomatoes in Oregon in winter?

While you could try growing tomatoes in Oregon during winter months, it is still not advisable since you would need lots of artificial lighting and also protect your plants from the cold and this would take you lots of additional effort and can also be pretty energy-intensive which may also not make sense from a financial as well as environmental standpoint.

Can you grow tomatoes in Oregon multiple times per year?

Since the growing season in Oregon is rather long and winters are relatively short, you may be able to grow multiple batches of tomatoes per year as long as you start pretty early and spring and start growing your second batch of tomatoes not later than in July so you will be able to harvest your second batch before November when the first winter frost usually arrives.

What tomato varieties grow best in Oregon?

When growing tomatoes in Oregon, you want to choose a variety that is well-adapted to warm climatic conditions. I listed the most popular tomato varieties to grow in Oregon below:

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Heatmaster Tomatoes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Solar Fire Tomatoes
  • Summer Set Tomatoes
  • Jetsetter Tomatoes
  • Legend Tomatoes

Is it better to grow tomatoes in Oregon from seeds or seedlings?

Since growing season in Oregon is pretty long, you can easily grow tomatoes from seed to harvest without having to worry that your plants will not get ready as would be the case in many cooler regions and there will just be no need to take the shortcut of growing tomatoes from seedlings.

Should you start growing tomatoes in Oregon indoors?

While you could start growing tomato seedlings indoors around March, you can also just directly sow the seeds outdoors between April and May and don’t have to take the additional effort of transplanting your tomato plants outdoors.

How to water tomato plants in Oregon?

While you may not have to water your plants much in spring when it is still cool outdoors and your plants may get plenty of rain, times change and once it gets hotter outdoors and your plants get bigger, you may have to water your tomatoes more often.

Do you have to protect tomatoes against the sun in Oregon?

If you start growing your tomato plants early in the year, radiation and heat will usually not be big problems and you can just let your plants grow and mature without actively having to protect them from the sun.

Will wild animals feed on tomatoes in Oregon?

Wild animals like groundhogs, mice and deer will often try feeding on your tomato plants in the Oregon region.

Hence, make sure to keep them away installing a fence or building a scarecrow so you can keep away those hungry intruders at least to a certain extent.

Tomato pests & plant diseases in Oregon

Snails, stink bugs and thrips are just some of the annoying pests you may have to deter from your plants when growing tomatoes in Oregon.

Fortunately, there are simple but still efficient ways how to keep away tomato pests and plant diseases.

When to harvest tomatoes in Oregon?

When starting to grow tomatoes outdoors between April and May, you will usually be able to harvest your plants around August.

If you want to see results even quicker, you either have to rely on seedlings from the store or pre-grow your tomato plants indoors early in the year and transplant them outdoors later on.

Additional Information for Growing Tomatoes at Home

I hope this article has been interesting and helpful to you and you got lots of important information on how to grow tomatoes in Oregon in a proper manner.

If you want to learn more about growing tomatoes in general, you may also want to have a look at my detailed tomato grower’s guide.

For specific questions, I suggest you also check out my growing tomatoes FAQ section where you find answers to the most common questions people often have about growing tomatoes at home.


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About the Author

My name is Andreas and I’m really passionate about our environment and also about growing plants. In fact, I have grown several different plants over many years. I love to see my own plants grow and also always try new things to improve my overall conditions at home.

In my blog posts, I want to share my experiences with you so that you can become successful in growing various different plants and improving your home as well, even though you might still be a beginner right now.

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