The Q&A Archives: Very Oddly Shaped Tomatoes

Question: This year, I grew several varieties of tomatoes from seeds I purchased from you. One type was an experimental tomato. Now I have several plants with VERY odd-shaped tomatoes. They are segmented into many multiple parts--the one I'm looking at right now has eight distinct segments. (All the tomatoes are still green) Is it the type of tomato or is it this year's drought? I have one tomato plant in the same bed that has normal round tomatoes, so I don't think it is the drought. Please help--no one wants to eat these tomatoes--they look like mutants from another planet!

Answer: Usually odd shaped tomatoes are associated with pollination problems rather than drought, although dry conditions and very hot weather both may contribute to pollination problems. In my experience though "ugly" tomatoes usually taste a lot better than they look. Maybe they will surprise you.

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