tomatoe plants - Knowledgebase Question

Oceanside, Ne
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Question by dmarino1
September 9, 2010
Why do my tomatoe plants get cuts in skin scar impressions on top just or before they ripen.

Answer from NGA
September 9, 2010
What you see are stretch marks (scars) and splits from inconsistent soil moisture and hot summer weather. When tomatoes grow their skins become hard. As long as growth is slow and steady, the skins expand along with the flesh. When the inside of the tomato takes up too much moisture and swells, the skins cannot expand quickly enough and that usually causes splitting. Try to keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season. Sometimes a 2-3 inch thick mulch will help conserve moisture and moderate soil temperatures. The affected tomatoes are still edible, they just don't look very attractive.

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