Good news? You can! Tomato care isn’t difficult.
The only key to keeping tomato plants are healthy and hydrated is to maintain an equal and balanced moisture of soil. That means that the plants should never dry out or live in wet or swampy areas. Equally damp soil should be your goal.
The soil around your tomato plants depends on a variety of factors, such as the temperature of the place and the location of the tomato planting. Depending on these factors, the amount of water you take daily for tomato plants varies. While your soil moist most of the time, you’re providing the right amount of hydration.
Let’s look at when and how much water to give your tomato plants.
Technique of watering
You can follow your own irrigation techniques as follows:
- When irrigation time, soak the soil to a depth of six to eight inches. Tomato roots can be promoted to search for water and nutrients deeper in the soil when the water flows too much. With an extensive, deep root system, plants can perform better hold up during dry spells.
- Water the plants only when they need it. Tomatoes need moisture, while too much water can be dangerous. Too much water will block the roots from getting the air they need. Not only that, water is also wasted. If your plants know a little wilted on a hot, summer afternoon, it’s normal. Your plants will perk up overnight. If they wilted in the morning, water them right away without delay! Soaking every 4 to 5 days in light, sandy soil and every 7 to 10 days on heavy soils once is a good general guide to watering even if you don’t get enough rain.
- Watering your plants early in the morning can reduce the evaporation losses and give your plants more time to dry out. Overnight wet foliage can help trigger some diseases. You can water your tomatoes at any time with furrow irrigation, drip irrigation or soaker hoses. All these deliver water to the soil surface. They don’t deliver water for the leaves. Irrigation at midday will result in greater evaporation losses. So try to avoid watering during the afternoon time.
- Use a good mulch to maintain moisture in the soil. Mulch reduces the fluctuation amount of moisture in the soil. Also mulch helps the crop enormously. Remember not to use mulch for five to six weeks until after the transplanted. Helpful Garden’s review of potting soils for tomatoes.