• Hometalker
  • Louisburg, KS
Asked on Jul 10, 2018

When it gets extremely hot, what is the best care I can give my tomato

Garden Up Green - CaroleCindyMis14036846


6 answers
  • Dfm
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Water, check 2 times a day for the moistness of the soil. Stick your finger in the dirt..if you don’t feel moisture..water the plant.
  • Shade them. Otherwise you might have sunburned fruit. Make a shade sail for them with landscape fabric or screening. It is very hot and dry here and I also give them some water at night to help perk them up.

  • Vicki Bushert
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Living in the desert I deal with this a lot. First look for tomatoes that have a shorter mature time. strip off the lower leaves and plant much dealer than you normally would. Those hairs on the trunk of the plant will then turn into roots giving the plant access to more water and since the mIn roots are lower in the ground they will stay cooler. I use a product called soil moist When planting They are granuals that absorb 100s time their weight in water allowing the roots to stay moist without drowning them. overwatering can kill the plant or cause rot in the tomatos so the granuals help stop this.
    Hope this helps.
  • Mis14036846
    on Jul 10, 2018

    You would be better off not watering them once they are established, tomatoes have long roots and not watering them a whole lot will cause the root to reach for the surface, and that's not good for them. We have taken grass clippings and put them around the bottom of the plants and it holds the moisture in, it also prevents the leaves from dying from the bottom up ☝. Don't know why, but it works, been doing this for years. Good luck, I'm a 62 year gardener of a two acre garden.
  • Cindy
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Hi Kimberly, Tomatoes love hot, sultry weather. I do a deep water method. I use a soaker hose, which is really just a long hose with pin holes down its length. I have it threaded in and around my plants. I turn the hose on every morning for 20 minutes. The soaker hose waters the soil, not the leafs. Some people put pipes in the soil next to the plants and keep water in them. Best of luck to you.

  • Garden Up Green - Carole
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Cover base of soil with mulch, water as needed - this will vary depending on your temperatures. I remove dried up foliage and sometimes in August I'll cut them back a bit to extend the growing season in the Fall. We normally don't get a freeze down south until November so this little tip can really boost a fall harvest.
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