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tomatoes and rainwater?

Posted by Nanny240 none (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 19, 13 at 17:27

I am a newbie container box gardener and I want to plant tomatoes but everywhere I read about them they stress how tomatoes hate to have their foliage wet. I have an excellent soaker hose network in my container box, but what happens if the tomatoes are exposed to getting soaked by rain? Help.

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RE: tomatoes and rainwater?

If your tomatoes get a little rain it won't hurt them if you get a downpour then turn off your soaker hose for a couple of days until the soil dries a bit. Don't let them get too dry though. Tomatoes like a constant moistness but not sopping wet.

My neighbor grows cherry tomatoes in pots. She doesn't have a soaker hose and she puts mulch on top of the soil around the tomatoes. This ensures the tomatoes don't dry out fast but can stay out in the rain.

Now we live in zone 3 with moderate summer temperatures. If you live in a hot zone you will need that soaker hose to keep them moist. You will have weigh your options and decide what works best for you

RE: tomatoes and rainwater?

The idea is to keep the foliage as dry as possible to prevent diseases. Can't do much about the rain.

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