How much Should I water Tomatoes? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mimi Lilly
Port Saint Lucie, Fl
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Question by luxio
April 19, 2010
Hello! I live in Florida, and I water my tomatoes one time a day. They are planted on a raised garden bed. My freinds Say that I water them to much, but they look great they're are really healthy. How many times should I water them? Some tomatoes Are a foot high with a few inches(herilooms). Thank you!

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2010
Tomato plants need about an inch of water per week when planted in the ground. Those in containers need to be watered more frequently because the soil dries out quickly. This is probably true in a raised bed, as well. Problems occur with the fruits when the soil moisture content is not consistent - if it gets really wet and then really dry. This can cause cracking of the fruit and/or rotting of the base of the tomato. As long as your plants look healthy and as long as you allow the excess water to drain so the roots are not saturated for extended periods of time, your plants should be fine. If the leaves begin to turn yellow, it indicates you are watering too frequently and you can reduce watering. Best wishes with your tomato plants.

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