tomatoes cracking

clinchbilly(6)July 29, 2014

Is there anyway to stop tomatoes from cracking, even the green ones are cracking.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

while you can not stop rain, there are watering problems you can try to work with or make note for next year- i.e. raised gardens, heavy mulching with leaves etc
some varieties are prone more to cracking than others

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Are you growing heirlooms? If so, it's likely "cats claw" from temps fluctuating too "extreme" for the tomato plants liking. It can happen with organic too etc.

I have 2 tomatoes on different plants that have cracks.. 1 large one and a baby one. "cats claw" isn't a disease and is totally safe to eat.

To prevent? Watch the weather and cover the plants when too cool out at night.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 5:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Some varieties are worse than others but I even have episodes of cracking in my high tunnels where plants are esentially covered and the critical factors are more controlable. I find that running circulation fans for an hour each morning to dry plants (and fruits) goes a long way to minimize cracking. However if the weather turns from dry to foggy dampness every morning your only recourse is those crack resistant varieties. I've never seen a Rebelski tomato crack.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 10:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My two plants/tomatoes that cracked were under the balcony and didn't get rained on.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 4:33PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Anyone Growing Dwarf Tomatoes?
I recently acquired a copy of the excellent new book...
Ralph Whisnant
topping off tomato plants?
My heirloom tomato plants are usually tall and robust...
How soon would you fertilize after grafting tomatoes?
I grafted on Saturday February 21st. The tomatoes are...
ferroplasm Zone 7b
Brandy Boy Contest -2015
I propose a "Brandy Boy Contest" for 2015...
Georges chocolate tomato?
Anyone heard of Georges chocolate tomato?
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™