Does Altitude Effect Tomato Production?

by Mark
(Cincinnati)

Hi,

Does altitude effect tomato production? My brother lives
north of Durango at about 9,000 feet. He has tried and
failed to grow tomatoes outside. He says its the altitude.

Each summer I FedEx some Brandywine's to him. Not sure if
its an act of kindness, or cruelty!

I think its length of growing season, low daily temperatures
(he claims he gets up to 90 degrees F), wild temperature
swings ( 40+ degrees between daytime and night ), and
possibly very low humidity. Even if you water a lot, the
low humidity would suck water from the plants.

Would hydroponics work for him at 9,000 feet? He can
control just about everything except maybe the amount of
oxygen in the air.

Thanks,

Mark
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Answer from Stella/Simon:

Hi Mark,

I live in Florida, very low altitude and high humidity, so I really don't know much about the effect of altitude on crops. However, I have been to Colorado and seen firsthand what the low humidity can do, almost a desiccant effect.

So what you're saying makes sense. I think he should try hydroponics on a small scale and try to keep moisture in the grow room, like with a humidifier or mister. Would love to hear how that turns out.

Hope this helps!

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