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Name: Kevin Benoit
New Brunswick, Canada (Zone 3b)
Jul 17, 2016 12:33 PM CST
Hello, i have a rather large Roma tomato plant in a decently big pot (i don't have another pot or a garden) on my porch. the problem with it is that the pot has 5 holes at the bottom for draining. Lately, as the plant keeps getting larger, it can't retain enough water to last a full day without watering and becomes. We left for a day and a half and when we came back yesterday night, the plant had wilted massively and I lost a large branch with a few good tomatoes on it.

I was able to re hydrate the plant by watering a few times and putting the pot in a food container so the water drains in the container instead of the ground. Sadly, the branch fell off this afternoon, It is now in a mason jar as I try to save it.

Do you guys have any tips to help the plant to retain moisture without me having to transplant it into another larger pot? Do you guys thing that the container will help?
Also, it is possible to save my branch if I put it in a smaller pot that I still have laying around from when I first planted it.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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Jul 17, 2016 2:32 PM CST
That does appear to be a rather small pot for a tomato plant. The container underneath to hold the water will definitely help; they do like lots of water. What variety of tomato is it?
Oh, and your broken branch stands a very good chance of rooting and making a new plant for you. Not sure if the fruits will survive, but you should end up with a new plant. I once broke off a cherry tomato plant that I was trying to transplant, right at ground level. I stuck it into a pot of wet potting soil and it rooted for me with no trouble. But that was early in the season.
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Jul 17, 2016 3:07 PM CST
agreed with woofie.
You might keep the big plant going by keeping water in the dish underneath, or another container. Prop the pot up, keep the water level just at the pot bottom, and the tomato may root into the water as sort of hydroponic growing.
The broken piece will root like crazy. They're monsters when things are going good (warm sunny, water)
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Jul 17, 2016 6:24 PM CST
I agree with everyone else. Pot too small but container should help a lot.

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