Texas Gardening forum: Help with ID

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Name: James
(Zone 7b)
jld2112
Aug 13, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Need some help please .. Went to water the garden tonight and found this tomatoes with these cracks and black spots in them ... Don't have a clue on what they are.

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 14, 2016 4:33 PM CST

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Welcome James! We're glad you're here. I'm not sure what the answer is, but I do know someone who seems to be "a tomato expert!"
@Gymgirl should be able to answer your question. In case she doesn't see this post, there's also an active forum for Vegetables and Fruits.
My uneducated guess would be too much water. Have you had lots of rain?
Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Aug 14, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Hey, Guys!
I have NEVER seen that on a tomato before!!! If I had to guess, looks like the tomato split first then a fungus infiltrated the wounds...

And, whas' up with that bug? If I saw a probiscus, I'd think he injected that tomato with something... Confused
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 14, 2016 7:53 PM CST

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@Gymgirl Appreciate you for checking in! Maybe the bug needs an ID now!

@jld2116 We do have a bug ID forum that may be able to tell you what kind of insect is crawling on your tomato.
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 14, 2016 8:42 PM CST
Bug looks like a leafhopper. Excessive too fast watering means cracks. Cant see but the tomato looks blistered as well. Where is your zone 7a? Do you have shield bugs(stink bugs) also?
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Name: James
(Zone 7b)
jld2112
Aug 15, 2016 8:32 AM CST
Thanks for the answers !!

The zone is actually 7b. We've had little to no rain the last month or so. I've really felt like I had not been watering enough. I've noticed no stink bugs on any of the plants. When I can get back to the PC that has the picture I'll post it over in the bug ID forum and see what they say.

Thanks
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Aug 15, 2016 8:40 AM CST
It also looks like the tomato should have been harvested a lot sooner. There are wild animals- again not sure where you are as Tx has a lot of differences in same zones- such as squirrels, chipmunks, birds, coons, etc that will take a bite out of a tomato...
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 15, 2016 9:20 AM CST
Hi James,

I don't think I've ever seen that on a tomato before. Well, the bug is a Katydid nymph. It is mostly known for eating leaves of plants. The tomato looks like it split and then browned but then there is what looks like to me a white mold or mildew growing also. This is often caused by over watering, as Bubbles said.

Like others said, you might have other issues such as stink bugs that will inject your tomatoes, causing them to get soft spots and rot.

p.s. Watering at night will also cause mold and mildew, especially in our Texas humidity. It's best to water in the morning or just as the sun goes down.
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