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Hi again, is it best to water tomato and cucumber plants in their saucers or direct to the base of the plants? Also, with this weather should I water morning and night? Thanks image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881

    I water direct into the pots, filling the pots to the top and keeping the foliage dry. 

    I water in the mornings, and only when the compost is dry. 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • pinkmagpiepinkmagpie Posts: 26

    Thanks Dovefromabove, I have been watering in the evening but now they are wilting and I don't know whether to leave the watering until the morning now/ If I water them now to ease the wilting can I water them again in the morning and keep to that time from now on? Thaksimage

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,691

    There is no hard and fast rule about watering things. I tend to water the tomatoes in the evening but that's only a personal preference. If they need more during the day, they get watered again. Just keep an eye on them. If you give them a good soak as per Dove's instructions, they will usually be okay for at least 24 hours.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881

    I water in the morning as it allows foliage and the surface of the compost etc to dry out during the day ... leaving it wet at night means it'll stay damp for longer and that could encourage fungal infections etc.

    I water other containers and the garden beds during the morning too, as watering in the evening encourages slugs and snails to wander about at night in the damp conditions that they prefer image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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