Tomatoes Splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Sherman Oaks, CA
Question by jj2mikey
August 8, 1998
My beefsteak tomatoes are almost turning red, but they are splitting on the top where the vine attaches to the fruit. Why is this happening? Ants then get into the tomato.

Answer from NGA
August 8, 1998


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 such as Burpee's 'Delicious' if your weather is such that you can't control the amount of water a plant gets.

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