Tomatoe seeds rotting in fruit

ALwaterhead76August 4, 2011

I have two different varieties of tomatoes "Better Boy" and I can't remember the other but it's a smaller variety. Both are producing at a good rate and the tomatoes are rippening just fine. But when you slice into them some of the seeds are rotten. This is happening on both varieties. My cherry and grape tomatoes are fine and producing great. Any suggestions or ideas?

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Harvest a tad earlier.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 5:45PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

yes, it sounds like you are leaving the fruit on the vine too long or letting them sit on the counter too long before you eat them.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 5:46PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Can you post a pic ?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2011 at 11:39PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

If there is a black area inside the fruits it could well be what's called internal BER ( blossom end rot) where the exterior does not show the typical lesions at the blossom end of the fruits, but the lack of Ca++ that causes death of the tissues is confined to the internal flesh.

Just a suggestion.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 3:22AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

I had something like what Carolyn mentions earlier this year in a large grocery-store grape.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 9:22AM
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Ticee

this is the closest I have come with having a similiar problem. I have a good pic, but spent a good deal of time trying to download but can't seem to do this. Even downloaded to Flicker but unable to find any easy instx.
Anyway, have some great looking Costoluto Genevese tomatoes. First one when cut into all the gel and seeds were somewhat in the middle of tomato, not appealing looking. Seeds were not blackened, just "congealed" is the closest I can get to explain. Even took the tom to our local extension cooperative agent. They were stumped and trying to find out cause. Never had this happen before. Tried all different wording but still to no avail. If anyone has any clue or had this happen to them would love some info. Just a beautiful tomato, but open it and wow, kind of shocking. thank you much

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 9:25AM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Ticee, was the tomato hollow like a green pepper? Here are some photos of stuffing tomatoes, aka stuffers:
http://www.victoryseeds.com/tomato_red-stuffer.html


As to why it happened with your Costoluto G, one clue would be whether the other tomatoes on that plant are the same. If so, then either the seeds were from a different variety, or they were crossed, or there was a mutation in the seed that grew that particular plant.

If the other fruits on that plant are normal, I've no idea.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 1:36PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Ticee, check out the tomato condition called puffiness via Google b/c I think it may match what you're describing.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 1:57PM
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Ticee

thank you all for your comments and suggestions.

Carolyn, I do think you hit it on the head. Puffiness,
looks and sounds like my tomato. Do you think it would be appropriate to let the extension people know that I think the problem has been determined. Have been growing tomatoes for years, never a problem but when one pops around it sure messes everything up, especially if one grows from seed. And who said growing tomatoes is easy. Yes, if it all goes well. Thank you for that info, just something else to be concerned about!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 6:30PM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Ticee, it's really up to you if you want to share info about the condition named puffiness. If they couldn't ID it in the first place perhaps that might be a good thing to do and also share with them the conditions that can lead to puffiness as well/

Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 5, 2011 at 8:57PM
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