Posted on 30 January 2013 by tomatocasual.com
Photo Credit: Tomato Mulch and Soaker Irrigation by Jason Prini used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
While watering a plant may seem to be as easy as breathing, it can be a difficult task especially if you are an impatient gardener.
Improper watering can cause plant damage along with making your garden plot a haven for plant diseases but following these 3 simple ways of proper watering can reduce the chances of plant damage.
Prior to any watering program, one must look at the time of day that they are watering.
It is always best to water in the morning but due to busy schedules sometimes this is not possible.
The next best time to water is in the evening but make sure that the sun is still up when you water. The importance of this will become evident later.
Once you start watering during the correct time of day, the next step is how to water. Below are 3 time-tested techniques that will allow you to water thoroughly without causing plant problems.
1. Watering Globes are one technique that can both be Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 07 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
“I have 2 old German’s planted for about 40 days, they are approx 3′ tall , look healthy as can be BUT the buds stem and all wilt and drop off? The leaves around them wilt also, any suggestions?”
Hello Andy. If it was just the blossoms I would be inclined to saythat it was a case of blossom drop, but it sounds like something else when the leaves are wilting too.
Have you noticed any spots or discolorations on the wilting parts?
There are some wilts that can affect tomato plants, but most have rings
or spots of some kind, along with abnormal colors.
Check out this article about Tomato Wilt Problems from the University of Tennessee Extension service. If none of those match, send us a picture so we can see what’s going on a bit better. I hope it clears up soon!
Jeanie H. says:
“I am growing my tomatoes in Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 03 July 2009 by tomatocasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
David in Kansas:
“How do you keep a tomato plant from growing up in an upside down tomato?”
Another reader asks:
“I am trying out the upside down tomato planters for the first time. Both of my plants (Mountain Pride) are yellowing and curling upwards towards the root. Any advice?”
Hi. This is likely due to a phenomenon called tropism. A tropism is a factor in plants where they move or grow in response to the environment around them. Phototropism occurs when plants move towards a light source.
When tomato plants are first planted upside down, the planter is often in the way of the direct sunlight. The plant will start growing upwards to reach towards the light, so it can still photosynthesize.
There’s also another tropism in effect: gravitropism. Plants respond to gravity in that the roots grow downwards (toward gravity) and stems grow upwards (away from gravity). They may hang down more as the tomatoes form on the plants. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 18 July 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Kira Hamman
So you’re going out of town.
Good for you! But… bad for your tomato plants, right?
There are steps you can take to make sure your babies stay happy and healthy while you’re away and go on to provide you with delicious tomatoes after you return.
1. Weed. Naturally weeds will appear in your absence, but if your garden is weed-free before you leave then you’re much less likely to return to an impenetrable jungle.
2. Prune. In fact, prune a little extra to make sure your plants are getting light and air as they grow while you’re not there to do daily checks. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 17 June 2008 by tomatocasual.com
By Kira Hamman
Growing tomato plants need about 2 inches of water each week to thrive.
In an ideal world, this would be provided by Mother Nature in the form of rainfall, and indeed it sometimes is.
But what happens when it’s not?
When your tomatoes are thirsty and Mama doesn’t deliver, you’ll probably need to provide each plant with several gallons of water every few days. The simplest way to do this is with a good, Read the rest of this entry »