prevent splitting

jolynn_2009(6B)March 17, 2013

I know that tomatoes split due to irregular watering. But since I cant prevent downpour of rain, what can I do to prevent or minimize splitting?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

One of the most common methods often discussed in the many previous discussions here about splitting problems is to just harvest the fruit at the breaker (blush) stage and finish ripening it inside. That is a routine practice for many and especially effective when heavy rains are forecast.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 11:43AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

In case anyone's not familiar with the breaker stage, here are a couple of charts which show the different stages of ripening.

Old chart:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tomato/msg0813253711243.html

Old chart slightly smaller here:

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New chart:
http://www.lagorio.com/assets/pdf/lagorio-tomato-guide.pdf
[Firefox pointed out that this did not open in a clean format, and offered to open it in Adobe instead: luckily, that version came up without errors.]

    Bookmark   March 17, 2013 at 3:06PM
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barrie2m_

There are many varieties that seldom split. Some seed catelogs like Johnny's will indicate in the description if the variety is more resistant (less prone) to splitting. Just beware- some don't split because the skin is as tough as shoe leather.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 12:03PM
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