Tomatoes have shallow roots in grow bags


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I am an old Michigan gardener who is now a new Georgia gardener. I am also new to growing in grow bags which I am using because of the Georgia clay.

This is my first year gardening here and my tomatoes had very shallow roots, didn't perform well at all and I am wondering if that is because I watered too much, almost daily, or too little. I fertilized with fish emulsion and other organic fertilizers, added azomite for minerals because I was at a lose what to do.

I am growing dwarfs tomatoes in grow bags sized for potatoes.

I would appreciate advice for next season.
 
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Greetings, welcome to the Forums.

Judge when to water by observing the soil conditions and plant performance. In a container that is liftable you can also learn to judge accurately by weight. Waiting until the potting soil surface looks dry is a good-rule-of-thumb in many container situations, but even then, don't water on auto-pilot. Always seek feedback from the plant and environment and adjust accordingly.

If you are not growing in-ground because you feel your soil doesn't drain well, I would recommend that you amend your soil liberally with composted organic matter and also plant your tomatoes on a mound. These two actions should give you excellent soil for growing tomatoes. Well-grown tomatoes in-ground should give a larger yield than most container situations.
 
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I have 7 gallon grow bags and the tomato I have removed indicate 10-15 gallons would be better. Alabama here by the way, hiya neighbor!
 

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