Ugly Bottoms of my Tomatoes

Avocado101(9A Southern California)June 18, 2012

This is my first time growing Black Krims.

They are growing well, but many look deformed.

Is this normal?

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

That is called catfacing - lots of discussions here about it that you can read through. It is basically weather related at the time of pollination.


Here is a link that might be useful: Catfacing discussions

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:52PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

Have you had some cool nights? I think that is a contributing factor. It is not attractive but shouldn't affect the taste.

Later fruit should be fine.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:45PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

They are not growing well if they are deformed and the leaves are all curled up and twisted like in your pictures.
Looks like you have a viral disease

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 2:22AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I don't see any signs of a viral disease, but it does look like hornworms have been munching on the plant in the first photo.

The leaf roll could be too much water, too little water, or even the stress of the heavy fruit load. Unfortunately it does make it easier for the hornworms to hide: their pale stripes look just like the veins on the rolled leaves.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 2:56AM
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When in doubt about hornworms, wait until it gets dark and take a handheld blacklight out and scan the plants with it. Hornworms fluoresce under blacklight just like scorpions. Makes them easy to pick out when they're literally glowing in the dark.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:38AM
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