Since Tomatoes are kind of year round Vegetables, is it fine to start a few plants anytime around the year ? At my current location , I am expecting Monsoons to hit around Mid-June . I was planning on starting or buying buds directly right now.
From the standpoint of weather, tomatoes mostly care about 4 things:
- Sun- They prefer sun, usually as much as they can get unless you're in a very hot climate.
- Max Temperature- Temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 C) for very long are bad. Above that temperature pollen will lose viability before pollinating the flowers.
- Min Temperature- Temperature under 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 C) aren't much better. Below that temperature the plant stops setting new flowers and existing tomatoes fill out very slowly. Unprotected they are fairly tender when it comes to frost, a light frost will burn the leaves and a normal frost can often kill them.
- Water- Under ideal growing conditions a tomato can soak up about 2 inches of rain a week. Much less and the leaves shrivel up. Much more than that and the roots could drown, and it increases chances of root rot and leaf diseases spreading.
My limited knowledge of the climate of places with monsoons suggests your only likely concern would be number 2.
I'd just add to the previous answer - in monsoon areas, its best to grow your tomatoes during the dry season, because high humidity during the monsoon season encourages lots of fungal problems. The other thing is, if you grow in the ground, do not grow tomatoes in the same ground for more than two years. Although in theory you can grow tomatoes year round in tropical regions, unfortunately, many pathogens and infections thrive year round in those conditions too, (unlike growing in temperate zones) particularly in the soil, so move their planting position at least two yearly.