Splitting fruit - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Joseph Hummel
Phoenix, Ar
Question by josephhumme
August 6, 2010
What are reasons that my tomatos and watermelon are splitting


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Answer from NGA
August 6, 2010

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Splitting can be caused by uneven watering. On almost-mature tomatoes the skin has stopped growing but the inside tissues are still absorbing water. Too much water (either rainfall or from the hose) at this point in the growth process can result in splitting. Try cutting back on your watering, applying a thorough soaking to the plant only twice a week. You can try growing split-resistant type such as Burpee's 'Delicious' if your weather is such that you can't control the amount of water your plants get. Watermelons can suffer the same fate for the same reasons. Mulching over the soil surface can help slow evaporation and moderate soil temperatures. Give this a try along with regular deep soakings and you should see an improvement in the quality of your tomatoes and watermelon. Best wishes with your crops.

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