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Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
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Mizshelli
Jul 21, 2016 1:00 PM CST
Found this tomato today---what the heck?
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Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 21, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Catfacing??
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Jul 21, 2016 5:19 PM CST
Not sure what catfacing is. I do know critters love to bite maters. Squirrels, chipmunks...try leaving a pan of water out away a bit from the maters- gives them the moisture they may be seeking by biting your tomatoes...
kitt
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jul 21, 2016 5:35 PM CST
Never heard of catfacing either, but it IS a real thing. Here's the first article I came across on a quick google search:
http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/cat...
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 21, 2016 5:38 PM CST
Several sites explain catfacing in tomatoes.

http://203.64.245.61/fulltext_pdf/EAM/1991-2000/eam0145.pdf

http://vric.ucdavis.edu/veg_info/catface.htm

http://cemerced.ucanr.edu/newsletters/June_200423105.pdf

"Catface is expressed as malformation and cracking of fruit at the blossom end, often exposing the locules."

There are several places where catfacing has been discussed here on NGA; this is one:
http://garden.org/nga/searchqa/answer/108/
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jul 21, 2016 5:43 PM CST
I thought catfacing too. There's a good picture on this page if you scroll down:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/18629/management-of-non-...
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 21, 2016 5:48 PM CST
Or it could be "zippering"; look here:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/IPM/english/tomatoes/diseases-an...
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Michelle
Pleasant Lake MI (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Mizshelli
Jul 22, 2016 9:31 AM CST
The only thing that makes me think it's not catfacing is that it's in the middle of the tomato and not on the blossom end or stem end. I've only found a couple tomatoes out of 70 plants that have the deformity, but I mainly want to make sure it's not a bug of some kind.
Is treise an dúchas ná an oiliúint.
(Nature is stronger than nurture)
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