I have a tomato in about a 10 gallon pot. I assume it takes in heat and my
dry out sooner than in the ground, i have 4 inches of pine bark mulch. Last
year I drench once daily about 3 in the afternoon and the fruit skin split
from the excess watering at least i think that is waht caused it. I also
assume it is ok for it to go dry than water, more natural, anyway, rather
than assuming anything, can anyone offer watering suggestions?
regards, piedmont (michael)
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That's funny. Maybe it's the soil. I use plain top soil. Pots are
on my deck and I water with a bucket. Always like to see water in the
I laid down a couple layers of anti weed fabric over hole in bottom, then
pieces of broken clay pots then put in the potting soil.
I have my "Eureka Lemon Tree" in a very large concrete pot also a couple
of "Grosse Lisse" tomatoes growing in smaller concrete pots all under
cover, so when rain falls they don't benefit, but because they stand on
a concrete base after I water the pots and they drain I get an
indication of how much water they really need.
I prefer to water in the early morning before things heat up too much.
This gives the plants time to absorb the water instead of the water just
evaporating with the afternoon heat.
I never use the garden hose with those plants but prefer to carry out
water every morning using plastic bottles of water.
Over watering doesn't help a plant in a pot it could actually flush
nutrients out of that pot.
I won't confuse the issue talking about 1.25, 1.50 & 2.00 Litre plastic
drink bottles, but suggest giving the tomatoes a drink with a plastic
soft drink sized bottle of water every morning.
You'll get an idea of how much water they need because of their
appearance about how they're doing.
Here in Texas we have to grow our tomatoes and our pot in separate
since the sherrif spots it from the air, and the tomatoes would be
a dead giveaway.......
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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