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Causes and Cures for Splits in Tomatos

Subject: Tomato Question Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 18:55:45 -0500
From: "Gary Smotherman"
The tops of my tomatoes have large splits where the vine was attached. This develops as the fruit ripens. Any Ideas?
Thanks, Gary

Cracks on tomatoe fruits, radiating from the stem axis, are usually caused by changes in watering practices, either on your part or by mother nature. When the tomatoe plant has become accustomed to a certain quantity of water, and then has a radical increase in the amount of water,a growth spurt will occur. The fleshy tissue of the fruit will grow much more rapidly than the skin, causing the skin to split. The fruit is OK, other than the corky texture around the split. The splits will, however become more succeptible to viral infections, which could lead to the loss of the fruit or possibly theplant. When you grow your tomatoes, give them a very good, deep watering each time, thereby accustomizing the plant to the extra water it may experience later in the season. If this is an ongoing, yearly problem, you might want to check out one of the newer crack resistant varieties of tomatoes, such as Park seeds"Whopper".
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