splitting tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Hesperia, Ca
Question by wb6vvv
October 14, 2009
We have several varieties of tomatoes and they are all beautiful and delicious, but they are all splitting open as they start to mature. This splitting begins while still green, so picking them green would be of no help. We just cut out the split portions and enjoy the tomato, but what could be causing the splitting? We live in the high desert of Southern California.


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Answer from NGA
October 14, 2009

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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 twice 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 your plants get. Good luck with your tomatoes.

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