Proper watering

Remember—Full grown mature tomato plants can easily use 2-3 gallons of water daily, sometimes more. Some may use 4-5 gallons daily.

Use the suggested potting mix/soil and keep the soil moist but not soggy … these soils contain lots of sphagnum peat moss. One pound of sphagnum peat moss can hold up to 25 pounds of water. 

Best Time of Day to Water

Water in the mornings—this way any excess water on the leaves or surface on the soil will evaporate quickly with the morning sunshine. Evening watering will leave the surface soil wet too long inviting disease.

When watering, avoid getting water on the leaves. Avoid splashing soil up on the leaves.

Prevent lawn type sprinklers from spraying water on the leaves. Including from your neighbor.

This water invites disease and your plants will become diseased. 

80-90% of the water taken in through the roots is used by the plant to transport minerals, nutrients and food including your fertilizer throughout the plant. Most of the water eventually evaporates as water vapor through the leaves.

The water reservoir in Self-Watering Containers holds about 4 gallons of water. 

Your tomato plant always gets the right amount of water … not more, not less, just the right amount. (Unless you forget to water!!!)

When watering your containers—water until water comes out the overflow hole on Self-Watering Containers or out the bottom drain hole on regular containers. The water reservoir in Self-Watering Containers hold about 4 gallons of water. 

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Watering Backyard/Raised Bed soils….

Run the water slowly near the base of the plant until the hole you dug and filled with that great potting mix/soil fills up with water and the water begins to run off. The water must soak down to the main root system…..Then, if you have “deep water” pipes, fill each deep water pipe a couple of times.

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Run water slowly until overflows
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Fill deep water pipes a couple times