cherry tomatoes always splitting when ripe

steelskies(5)June 3, 2011

I forgot what kind these were, the little round cherry tomatoes....they split every time they get ripe. they've done this for 3 years now. I had another variety last year that was more oblong, but still the little bite-size tomatoes, and they didn't split at all. These plants were located in the same area, just a few feet apart, so it can't be the soil or amount of water.

Can anyone recommend a good cherry tomato that stays "healthy". thank you.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Related to water supply. After fruit is more or less developed, the skin "toughens" to a certain degree. If the plants then receive a gulp of water -- rainfall or irrigation -- the extra water in the fruit makes the skin split.
Some kinds are more likely to split than others.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 1:16AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

As Jean said, it IS water related. And it can affect any tomato. Cherry sizes just react more quickly than larger fruit do.

Pick any near ripe fruit prior to watering or if rain is expected and let them finish ripening inside. There is no need to leave them on the plant so long.

Without knowing the actual names of the varieties - you really need to keep track of that for best results - you can't compare them to what happened last year since there are just too many other variables.


    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 10:30AM
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I use compost as a mulch. To retain some water in a downpour, and to hopefully reduce wilts and blights.

One year we got two or three inches of rain in a day. Two to three hundred yellow cherry tomatoes split on just on plant!

When a plant seems to be reaching peak production, I cut back the watering, then pick the tomatoes two to four days later. Then back to the regular watering schedule of twice a week. I try to convince some of the other tomato-growing neighbors that you don't have to (and should not) water once a day. They may not trim the bottoms of the plants, and use compost tea, but they love to water daily!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2011 at 12:04PM
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bluebirdie(Z8 SF E Bay)

steelskies, I think your tomato plants ARE healthy! Like others already mentioned. splitting and cracking has a lot to do with the variety and environment. I grow Juliet because of their resistency to cracking and spliting, but they're not to everyone's taste bud, and they're not cherry. For cherry, maybe try Sweet Million?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 2:19PM
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I have learned a lot from this this thread.

Tell me-- why should we trim the bottom of the plants? When should we do this?


    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 2:38AM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

The bottom leaves are suseptible to soil-borne disease,so the bottom leaves are pulled off .that would get splashed on to. Some people trim them farther up the stalk for better air circulation to dry the leaves or easier to find fruit/

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 6:11AM
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barryla61(VA - 7)

I quit planting Sweet 100's because they crack so bad for me. Pik'em early and the next day still over half will be cracked.
Got to be a better cherry tom somewhere!!!

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 1:02PM
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Reisentraubes seem pretty resistant to cracking. Taste is pretty average, though.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2011 at 2:19PM
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dickiefickle, you are wonderful! You have really helped me! Thanks! :)

    Bookmark   July 17, 2011 at 2:20AM
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