Cherry tomato splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Staten Island, Ne
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Question by mlyledavis
August 23, 2010
Some of my Burpee Cherry Tomatoes are splitting, both red and green fruits. What can be the reasons? Are they safe to eat?
Thanks in advance.

Answer from NGA
August 23, 2010
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 adjusting your watering schedule to keep the soil evenly moist. The tomatoes are safe to eat if you catch them right away. If they split and remain the the plant for a few days, bacterial rot can set in.

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