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sinatra
« on: September 02, 2006 07:38:06 AM »

Because they're freaking out!


These tomatoes came from a large group of tomato plants that were kinda close together but isolated plants in the backyard have been doing the same thing. Does anyone have suggestions as to why and how we could stop it?
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2006 07:45:39 AM »

when i would go to my grandfathers garden when i was younger, i never saw that! there would be the occasional split, but never like that, or in that shape!


"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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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2006 04:35:17 PM »

the little yellow ones look like yellow pear. They self propagate, so they may be left over from previous seasons.

Have you had alot of rain? One cause for cracked tomatos is too much water. I've had so much rain, all my 'maters are like that this year  Sad

but it's okay. I use them in cooking, or just cut off the icky bits for the salad. They still taste good.
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2006 12:23:40 PM »

the little yellow ones look like yellow pear. They self propagate, so they may be left over from previous seasons.

Have you had alot of rain? One cause for cracked tomatos is too much water. I've had so much rain, all my 'maters are like that this year  Sad

but it's okay. I use them in cooking, or just cut off the icky bits for the salad. They still taste good.
There weren't any previous seasons, we've only lived in this house for a year. Cheesy
The rain may be it. We just got a few big storms (that tropical storm on the east coast) and it's been raining a lot, and whenever we had a dryer spell they were better.
That makes sense, thanks Smiley I can tell my mom it wasn't her fault now.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006 06:02:09 AM »

Ah, I've had the same problem. Glad to see it's not just my lack of green fingers!  Grin
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