Splitting Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Pahoa, HI
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Question by SeaJay9
August 5, 2000
I am having trouble with the Burpee "4th of July" variety tomatoe. They grow almost to maturity, then when they start to ripen, 1 or 2 splits appear in the fruit. As far as I can tell, there are no insect pests causing this. Rainfall has been scarce, so too much water is not the problem. Help!

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2000
Actually, the problem may be lack of water. Tomatoes are very dependent upon consistent soil moisture. Water slowly and deeply to a depth of about 12 inches. Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the plants to help maintain soil moisture. Another possibility is too much direct sun. You might try protecting them from afternoon sun, if possible. I hope this info helps!

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