grape tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

stuart, fl
Question by maryhartner
August 24, 2007
My grape tomatoe plants are doing fine and am getting many grape tomatoes. Before I am to pick them the tomatoes are splitting. I have never had this problem before, can you tell me what is happening?

Answer from NGA
August 24, 2007



As a tomato goes through a slightly dry time, the cells keep dividing even though the moisture supply is limited. When a good rain or irrigation follows those cells swell up rapidly. The skin cannot expand fast enough and splits. The best remedy is to keep moisture levels fairly even, especially as the fruit nears ripening.

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