I am having frustrations on how to water my tomatoes, some people say every 8-10 days, some every 2. Mine that get hit by sprinklers every 2-3 days at least have small green fruit my other bushes have only little buds and no fruit can you please clarify. Also I have one cherry tomato in a pot should that be watered differently than garden tomatoes?



Commercial growers water their tomatoes every 6 to 7 days.  This is a deep watering (flooding) and helps the plants to develop a deeper root system.  However, there is no 'perfect' way to water your garden.  I water mine every 5 to 6 days because I have a somewhat sandy soil.  At the Botanical Gardens we water our vegetables a little more often because they have a very shallow soil.  The important thing is to water deep enough to get the water to penetrate about 6 to 10 inches every time you water, and then allow the top part of the soil (2 - 3 inches) to dry out before watering again.

Posted on 25 Jul 2008

Jerry Goodspeed
County Director, Horticulture Agent, Weber County

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