cherry tomatoes splitting - Knowledgebase Question

Port Charlotte, Fl
Question by acdelko43
June 30, 2010
I have cherry tomatoes growing in a container on my lania. They're doing very well, but as they ripen they are splitting. What causes that?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


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 adjusting your watering schedule to keep the soil evenly moist. You can try growing split-resistant types 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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