Tomatoes are very easy to plant, but they are picky about how they should be watered. Here are a few tips for watering.
It's tempting to water by trial and error, but you could run into trouble. Overwatering can lead to the following issues:
Low fruit yield
Reduced plant resistance
Here are the most important tips:
Water the soil
Water the soil in which the tomatoes grow. Do not pour the water over the plant or over the fruit. If you really need to water them, make sure it is before sunrise. The leaves can burn when they still have drops of water on them.
Water the plants slowly. Make sure the water absorbs into the soil before you add more. The earth should be moist down to 15 to 20 centimetres, which helps the roots grow.
Always pour around the stem, a few centimetres apart, not on the stem itself. This helps the roots spread out.
Mulch offers several advantages:
It regulates moisture
It releases important nutrients to the soil
It promotes aeration when mixed loosely with the top layer of soil
Mulch protects from evaporation, which means less watering is necessary
How often should you water your tomatoes?
This can not be answered flat rate, because it depends on the temperatures, the geographical conditions .... It may be necessary to water your tomato plants several times a day, or just once or twice a week (in particularly humid areas). Here is try and check announced.
Tomatoes should only be watered when they really need it. The roots also need air, so they will drown in too much water. Too much water can also wash away nutrients.
Just keep an eye on your plants closely over the course of a few days. If the leaves hang limply in the evening, the plant needs water. If the leaves are limp during the day, there is no need to worry, that is a protective mechanism to reduce evaporation. Just keep an eye on the plant after sundown.
If your plant does look thirsty, water it in the morning. Watering at night leaves it susceptible to disease.