Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Piscataway, Ne
Question by azjan97
June 30, 2010
How much water should tomato plants get


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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Tomatoes are moisture sensitive and need a regular supply of water to thrive and produce fruit. (One example of a problem they might develop is blossom end rot, which appears as a dark, rotten-looking bruise on the fruit. Blossom end rot is basically an imbalance of calcium in the soil, often aggravated by varied watering schedules.) How often to water depends on your particular soil's characteristics and the weather. You want to keep it uniformly moist, but not soaking wet, to a depth of 12 inches. To determine how far water has penetrated, poke a soil probe (any long metal rod or screwdriver) into the soil. It will move easily through moist soil, stopping abruptly where soil is dry. Layer an inch of mulch, such as compost or straw, around plants to maintain soil moisture and reduce soil temperatures.

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