Tomatoe problems - Knowledgebase Question

Corona, Ca
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Question by dottiehopkin
July 4, 2010
My tomatoes are all forming oddly with a crease up the middle, makes them look like they should be two separate ones. What is the problem.

Answer from NGA
July 4, 2010
What you describe is called cat facing, a physiological disorder that occurs most often on the first-formed fruits. It is more prevalent on large fruited tomatoes. Tomato fruit are misshapen with large scars and cavities in the blossom end. Streaks and bands of scaly, dark greenish and tan scar tissue occur between the
swellings. The fruit may be kidney-shaped or distorted into other shapes. Catfacing is caused by abnormal development of the flower bud before blossoming. This is often due to prolonged cool weather when the plants are young. High soil nitrogen levels and excessive pruning can also create misformed flower buds. The tomatoes are still edible - just cut away the affected portions. As the weather warms, you shouldn't see any more problems with cat facing.

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