The Q&A Archives: watering tomatoes

Question: Weather is so hot and humid, I am afraid I am watering my ground and potted tomatoes too often. I will water every other day and I will water in the cool part of the day if I see the leaves wilted. Also, when do I know my Anaheim Chilies are ready to pick?

Answer: Tomatoes can usually get by on one-inch of water per week. In hottest weather you might want to deeply soak the plants in the ground twice a week. Potted plants might require water everyday in hot weather. It's normal for leaves to wilt in hot weather. As long as the plants perk up overnight and look good in the morning, they are getting enough water. As for harvesting your chiles, when they are the size and color of mature peppers, you can harvest them. The color is a better indicator of ripeness than size, but Anaheims can usually be harvest from July through September.

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