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Why do my tomatoes need so much water?!

8 years ago

I'm growing them in pots. I think they require possibly up to 10 inches of water a week. If I do not water them every other day, they start to limp, shrivel, etc. Immediately (a few hours) after watering they look healthy again. Is it a better idea to grow them in the garden beds next year and use the pots for something else, like peppers?

I would guess maybe it's that the soil drains too fast, but none of the other vegetables in the raised beds require water in the way these tomatoes do. They have been a serious PITA.

I have a water gauge in one of the pots and they do go from wet to dry by the 2nd day.

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