Tomato skin splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Shrewsbury, Ma
Question by suechatten
June 30, 2009
I have Cherry Tomato plants growing in large pots on my deck. The ripe ones have splits in the skins. Are they not getting enough water or sun? Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2009


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 once a week. You can try growing split-resistant type if your weather is such that you can't control the amount of water a plant gets.

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