The Q&A Archives: tomatoes

Question: My tomato plants are producing tomatoes with split skin. Too much water or not enough, or something else?

Answer: Tomatoes will grow rapidly during hot, dry weather and can literally grow right out of their skins. When they can't stretch any more, they split. This is most annoying, as you have found. If the cracks are shallow they will heal over. The fruits are edible - they just look bad! If the splits are deep enough they can be susceptible to decay organisms. If you keep soil evenly moist with frequent watering and mulch, this will reduce the problem. Try tomato varieties that are crack tolerant or resistant, such as 'Burpee Big Girl', 'Celebrity', 'Husky Gold'. 'Sweet Million' has better crack resistance than many other cherry tomatoes. I hope this information helps with your tomatoes!

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