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by MinnesotaGirlie on August 13, 2005 01:38 AM
I know this is our first year growing tomatoes, but we keep having problems of some sort. I haven't seen anyone post about a prob like this...  -

Now the plants did dry out over a 4 day period that I was on vacation, despite the fact that we took preventative measures, but if I remember correctly the fruit was showing signs of this problem b4 we left, and we water every morning. Is it due to dryness or some sort of deficiency or disease?

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by weezie13 on August 13, 2005 02:38 AM
Too much new water after it had dried out
over the 4 days...
Next time that happens, and you come home
and they are bone dry, try small amounts of
water, say, I don't know, every 3~6 hours,
then it's not one gigantic amounts of new water
after being used to dry...

Those tomatoes should be still okay to eat.
Just keep an eye out on the top..
but once ripe enough to eat, slice off all
that split stuff and eat the bottom 3/4..

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

by papito on August 13, 2005 04:45 AM
If you don't see any sign of disease, it is probably a cultural problem. Like Weezie said, it could be due to excesssive watering or inadequate watering especially during high temperatures above 90*F or extremely high sunlight.

If you had a rainfall after a dry spell, remove ripe fruits immediately after a rain to prevent cracking.

Keep the soil evenly moist. Mulching will help conserve moisture.

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by DaisyM on August 13, 2005 07:38 AM
If your tomato is prone to cracking or splitting, remove it as soon as it starts to ripen. This usally happens when there is too much rain (water), but some tomato types just tend to split more so than others.

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