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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2011 06:53:56 AM »

How did the plants die? Did they rot because water ran down the leaves, or maybe the sun cooked the roots? Was the bottle you used covered with anything?

You can (mostly) keep water from the leaves by putting in some of that spongy brown cloth they use in hanging baskets around the stem, before you put in the dirt. If the sun is heating up the root ball, maybe try a bigger pot or move it to the shade, if the plant can handle it. I'm still a novice gardener myself, maybe someone here with more experience will be able to help.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2011 02:02:12 PM »

I haven't had any issues with mine. If you pack the dirt in around the stem pretty well, and then make sure the edges of the fabric are drawn in pretty tight (not actually touching the stem, but within about an inch around it), you shouldn't have a problem with the dirt falling out. I live in West Texas, so I always water at night. If you water in the morning around here, you'll come home to fried plants. If you water shortly after dark, the plant has all night to absorb the water before the sun comes out.

When you're dealing with tomato plants, make sure you cover about 2/3 of the plant (stem, leaves, etc.) with potting soil. The stem will produce more roots and help support the plant, so you get a healthier plant overall. Tomatoes need at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun every day, too. They won't produce well unless they get that sun...they'll wilt. You should be able to find all sorts of books to help at your local library. I realize that sounds trite, but it's honestly helpful. Smiley I recommend Gardening for Dummies or The Idiot's Guide to Gardening. They both give a ton of basic information on how to get started, what plants do well in what areas, etc... Best of luck!

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