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Today’s Common Gardening Question: How much water do tomatoes need?

The Answer: Tomato plants need between 1 and 2 inches of water each week. The exact amount depends on several crucial factors, including weather conditions, whether the plant is growing in a container or directly in the soil, the species, and more.

During the hottest times of the year, increase the amount of water you give your tomato plants by an additional 1 to 2 inches of water. Likewise, when the plants begin producing fruit, increase the amount of water you feed them.

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This video is shared from YouTube via Gary Pilarchik (The Rusted Garden)

How to Water Tomatoes (And Tips)

  1. Apply water directly to the base of the plant
  2. Allow the water to soak into the rootzone
  3. Repeat until you’ve given the plant as much as it needs

Tips and Tricks for Watering Tomatoes

  • Avoid splashing too much water on leaves (if you do get them wet, knock of as much water as you can)
  • Overwatering tomatoes is easy to do, use a moisture meter or your fingers to check their moisture level every day or two
  • Use a hose with a sprayer, or a drip irrigation system to save yourself extra physical effort

How Much Water do You Give Your Tomatoes?

Growing tomatoes is a favorite gardening activity for millions of people around the world. Whether you’re growing them for canning, eating fresh, drying, or otherwise, your tomatoes need to be properly watered or they won’t produce much fruit.

Hopefully, the answers shared in this article help you with watering your tomatoes correctly! Just remember that on average a tomato plant requires just 1 or 2 inches of water each week in order to thrive and grow.

That means, If you’re watering them more than several gallons of water each week, chances are you are overdoing it.

Are you an experienced tomato gardener with a tip or trick to share? If so, we’d love to hear it in the comments section below!

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