Can I prevent mealy tomatoes?

snoop92July 25, 2008

I cut open my first ripen tomato and it was totally mealy inside. No liquid at all inside. I'm concerned that the rest of the tomatoes in the garden are going to be this way.

Does anyone know what causes this "mealy"-ness and if I can do anything to prevent the others from turning into mealy monsters?


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WHAT ARE YOU GROWING? how are you watering,sun,container,earth etc.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 7:21PM
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Some varieties are meant to be that way. Personally, I like them a little messy inside.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2008 at 11:32PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Usually it is a sign of inconsistent soil moisture levels while the fruit is developing. Try to stabilize the moisture levels with mulch and avoid, as much as possible, either over or under watering.

In ground or in containers? If in-ground, how well/quickly does your soil drain - need to know that so that you can better judge how often and how much to water. EX: sandy soil will drain quickly so it will require more frequent watering to keep the moisture level consistent. Clay soil temds to retain water so care must be taken to avoid over-watering.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 12:14AM
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These plants are in the ground. I just guess how much to water and I never know whether the amount is right. I water every 2-3 days. It's hard to tell what is too much or too little. The soil amendments I used are Miracle Gro Organic Garden Soil.

Will mulching the plants around the base of the plant help now or is it too late? My plants each have anywhere from 3-7 fruit per plant that are green and not ripe...


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 7:55PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Never too late to mulch. ;)

Been several good discussions lately on watering tips and techniques. Can't recall the titles off hand but a search of this forum (bottom of the page) using 'watering' should pull them up for you. A good feeding might help too as the MG soil only has a limited amount of nutrients.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 9:39PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

I gave up on trying to understand how mealy tomatoes come to be many years ago.

I've grown one heck of a lot of varieties and there are only one or two that I dubbed mealy the first time I grew them.

What I can't understand is why a variety can be be perfectly fine one year and that same variety the next year is soft, mushy, mealy.

This happens to me primarily with the large beefsteak gold/red bicolors.

So I think it's environmental and I haven't a clue as to what exact environmental variables are involved. Sigh.


    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 8:22AM
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Thanks for the advice....

Carolyn gets the mealy monsters too?

Regarding Dave's comment about nutrients...what do you mean exactly by feeding? Fertilizing? Would you recommend fertilizing at the base of the plant now? I've read that it should be done mid-season, but then, I also hear that you shouldn't over fertilize.

Is it necessary then to apply fertilizer again?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 5:16PM
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sillyrib(z5 IL)

if the tomatoes were cracked this is overwatering and leads to mealy tomatoes. Also, the first tomatoes to ripen are often mealy. Usually gets better later.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 11:37PM
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Shule(about 4a)

I think it might have something to do with soil nutrients from compost or light levels. All of our tomatoes were fine last year, except for some Roma or Baja tomatoes. They were the only tomatoes that were mushy inside (though they were firm until you bit them). They definitely had enough calcium, if not too much (they didn't crack at all). The soil probably didn't drain well, but we never had a problem before, when there weren't trees blocking the light and when we didn't use compost. However, we didn't grow Roma or Baja tomatoes then (mostly Yellow Pear, Red Pear, Early Girl and such).

    Bookmark   last Wednesday at 8:27PM
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Shule(about 4a)

It could have to do with acidity. The affected tomatoes were not very acidic, and calcium raises PH.

    Bookmark   last Wednesday at 8:29PM
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Seysonn_ 7b-WA/HZ1

To my understanding, if a tomato has very little juice , then it/plant could not get enough water. As the opposite is also true : when tomato plant watered too much, the fruits will be, well, WATERY.
Another factor not to be overlook here is the variety. That is why some are called PASTE tomato. They have much less water contents : Mealy?


    Bookmark   last Thursday at 7:24AM
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