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Yes, I watered like you said.

I grew peppers and never had a problem. ??
There is a world of difference in growing peppers and tomatoes. What makes growing tomatoes difficult is the correct temperatures for fruit setting and growth of which peppers are not nearly as restrictive. Or climate is not the best for growing tomatoes. We get too hot too soon for good tomato production.
 
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Thanks for the advice.

I have time to consider what I will grow next summer. :)
Just a little advise on what to grow in our climate. Stick with determinate tomatoes except for cherry varieties. Bell type peppers normally do not produce as well as non-lobed peppers or two lobed peppers. Hot peppers, even mildly hot peppers produce better than sweet peppers. Sunshine is the secret. The more the better.
 
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Just a little advise on what to grow in our climate. Stick with determinate tomatoes except for cherry varieties. Bell type peppers normally do not produce as well as non-lobed peppers or two lobed peppers. Hot peppers, even mildly hot peppers produce better than sweet peppers. Sunshine is the secret. The more the better.
So are determinate tomatoes less "needy"?
 
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So are determinate tomatoes less "needy"?
No, they are grown exactly the same but determinates produce all of their fruit in a fairly short period of time, where an indeterminate produces its fruit over an extended period of time. When nighttime low temperatures reach about 74F both determinates and indeterminates cannot reliably set fruit. Determinates have a concentrated fruit set, indeterminates do not. This does not apply to cherry varieties as they will set fruit until it gets really hot, 95F+. After a determinate harvest you pull the plants and plant something else like okra or a pepper. With an indeterminate like you had you try to just keep it alive during the heat of summer until it cools off enough to set fruit again usually late Sept-Oct. and hope it doesn't frost before the fruit is mature.
 
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Thanks. I may grow some cherry tomatoes.
The best varieties I have grown here are Sun Gold, Large Red Cherry and Sweet 100's. For a good determinate type tomato Celebrity is hard to beat. You can usually get these as transplants at any nursery.
 
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I would say the reason is because the plants root system is too big for the container and when you water it not all of the roots recieve enough moisture. The roots are in a ball which restricts water. A 5 gallon bucket is the minimum size for a tomato plant but that is for a determinate variety and yours is an indeterminate. If this picture was taken in the AM hours the plant needs water but if taken in the PM hours maybe not. To water a plant like this one takes at least 15 minutes of a slow stream of water or much better a steady drip over 3 or 4 hours.

Agree with this, i had a similar issue in the past, and this was my fix
 
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Agree with this, i had a similar issue in the past, and this was my fix
I do not know what killed my tomato plant. But it grew like a weed for around 3 months, getting to almost 5 feet tall.
I dug it out when I realized it was a lost cause.

The root system looked healthy but did not go down more than about 8 inches. The soil was not compacted and I also fertilized it.

Here is something I found humorous. I cut a branch off that plant that had a tomato on it that was about 1 inch in diameter.

It landed on a piece of shrubbery.

About a month went by.

I saw the cut off branch and the tomato was red.

I can not believe it had no rotted after a month. :)
 

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