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Old 06-30-2016, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Even that depends. Poke around gently with a finger to find the roots. People that water frequently but not for long, and/or have hard soil could have healthy looking plants but the roots may be in the top 2-3" below the soil. Those that water deep, less frequently, and/or have good soil may find them going down 6-12". Your moisture meter needs to be inserted to where the roots are.
I do use the finger method; If the dirt is moist down lower I will wait a day to water. BTW: we have a beautiful day here, so I watered this morning; well, as always happens when you have your car washed, it decided to pour down off and on for a couple of hours. At least I know my plants are not thirsty if they were.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:15 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I do use the finger method; If the dirt is moist down lower I will wait a day to water. BTW: we have a beautiful day here, so I watered this morning; well, as always happens when you have your car washed, it decided to pour down off and on for a couple of hours. At least I know my plants are not thirsty if they were.
You would actually need several hours of steady downpour for enough water to reach the roots. Typical rain is not really enough for them. Sometimes I feel silly watering in the rain but we mostly get a light mist, which doesn't do much good.
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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The finger rule of thumb is ok but Tomato roots like to go deep. I see 3 issues with the finger rule.


1. The roots will not go deep to create a strong plant (They stay closer to surface)
2. Bottom of soil may always stay dry so the plant tolerates dry conditions less since it's used to getting water for top 2-3 inches only. (instead of going deep looking for water)
3. The leaves will get yellow from below 2 inches never being able to dry out



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My giant tomatoes are going good being watered every 2 days or so. I am going away for 6 days this week. Will have someone water. Whats the advice?
Who knows what you chose to do but before you left I would of given them a "deep" long watering. Being our weather is April like today you wouldn't have to water for couple days. We had downpours last night so that would of extended it even more.


Are they in a pot or in ground? In Full sun or part? HUGE differences!


I almost learned to go as far as seeing them start to look weak and wilt. Let them drink and they always come back.


80s in forecast this week and 90s towards end of week. I would of told someone to come by and water it 2 times. Tuesday and Thursday. Deep watering
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Old 07-04-2016, 07:33 AM
 
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As the tomatoes start to develop you don't want to overwater, you'll lose the flavor. They will be huge, very moist, flavorless tomatoes.

Depending on timing etc. it can reduce yield. Better flavor or more tomatoes? Also, overwater can cause other problems. Consistant water, diminishing a little after tomatoes start to develop is probably a safe way.

http://www.growingformarket.com/arti...-tomato-flavor

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