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i am going away for a week would  be ok to leave my tomatoes sitting in bucked of water so they dont dry out might seem like a silly question but i asked my son to water them last year he forgot  i lost the lot i came back to a very sad site 

Don't think tomatoes like being too wet. Maybe if you water them and leave them in stud shade So they don't dry out.


forgetmenot, you'll do more harm than good leaving them sitting in water. What are your daytime temps like? If they're only moderate, water them before you leave and they will cope for a week in a shaded spot.

thanks  for your help i have them in doors should i put them out  i am in Ireland  the temp goes up and down like a yoyo 


The temps are the important thing, forgetmenot. If they're indoors in a sunny window, say, they will dry out quicker because they will get pretty warm from both the sun and the room itself. Any temps of double figures outside during the day would be fine. What sort of overnight lows are you getting?


Thanks ltalo it drops till between 6° to 12° and we are getting a lot of rain at min 


Okay. Check the forecast ahead. Unless they're absolute babies, they will cope down to 6C overnight as long as it's not every night. They would handle 10C overnight comfortably. Put them somewhere protected from the rain. If the forecast ahead looks reasonable, I'd start leaving them outside before you go - a bit later every day - in order to get them acclimatised to the change of conditions.

great will try that starting today its 9° and raining when i get them out should i leave them out when i come back i have usely just grown them in doors i am doing better with my potatoes this year they are popping up with all he rain have to keep an out for slugs ect they ate all my french beans lasts yaer but i wont be give up 





Put it this way, toms will grow outdoors with daytime temps of roughly 17C+ in full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. They will still survive happily outdoors at lower daytime temps but will take a lot longer. The ideal is mid-20sC and higher. Again, in full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day. Overnight temps for outdoor toms need to be at least 15C to develop properly. Toms actually do a lot of their growing overnight. Again, they will cope with less, but take a lot longer.

I don't know when you're going away but, till you do, leave them out all day (protected if there's rain.) Barring any sudden massive drops in temperature, every couple of days add a couple of hours to their stay outside. It's called "hardening off", getting them gradually acclimatised to the new conditions.

Potatoes? Some English friends brought me over two first early varieties and a second early variety. We've had rain and warmth and the plants are climbing out of the ground.

 italo thanks again going for 3 days next week then 2weeks in june  they sould be ok to put out by then do you think they would be ok in the shade for the 3 days 


They'll be absolutely fine for three days, forgetmenot. Toms are very sturdy plants, even when young. There's a widespread tendency to mollycoddle them with overwatering and overfeeding and they just don't need it.

I remember your problem with your forgetful son from last year. For the two weeks in June you might need either to get him to keep an eye on them under threat of severe punishment or even ask a neighbour.

lol i will tell hom wont make his dinner for a full month when i come back that will sicken him will be fed up with own cooking and fast food by the end of two week 

Woodgreen wonderboy

If you use a shallow tray under your pot and water so that your plants are standing in say less than1/2 inch of water I think that the plant will have enough water but not too much and that what with evaporation you will come home to a living plant in moist compost with no real damage to it's prospects. The only drawback is that roots will not grow into waterlogged soil so these may not have developed while you were away. 


Toms roots should never be constantly damp/moist/wet.

Thanks woodgreen i might have to do that ltalltal i havent been able to put them out the tem has went back down and all it dose is rain 


Hi Ital glad to say I came back to happy tomatoes put them in the shade with a little extra watering  Thanks again hope to get them out before the end of June when I am away for to weeks 






Well done, forgetmenot. As I keep saying around here, toms don't need mollycoddling.

In fact, my local fruttivendolo - green grocer - grows his own toms. We swap seedlings every year. This year he forgot to save seedlings for me so he dug up four plants that had been in the ground for a couple of weeks. He put them in a plastic bag with the bits of soil that came out of the ground with the plants. Forgot to bring them into the shop to give me for a couple of days. Just left them in the plastic bag with no care, no water.

When I finally got them they were very pale green and limp to the point of looking like wet spaghetti. I wish now that I'd taken a photo to post here. Anyway. No problems. I filled a pot with mix, saturated it, poked all four plants into the mix and left them in the shade for a couple of days. They've bounced back to life and I'll plant them out tomorrow.

Toms are remarkably tough critters.


We're going to be away for just over a week - having seen the way the neighbours treat their tomatoes in their greenhouse (spraying them with a hosepipe!!!) I'm not going to ask them to look after mine - they're going in the studio which has a large east facing window - I'll water them before we go and cross my fingers - I'm only watering about once a week at the moment, if that, so unless we get a heatwave (and  that's not likely) I think they'll be fine - don't you?


They'll be fine, Dove, particularly if you're only watering once a week now. They would have to sit bone dry for a couple of days for them to be affected. Just don't leave your central heating on set to 45C while you're away.