Skins Split from so much rain!

jenniedhsAugust 26, 2008

I am having a bumper crop of Super Sonic tomatoes with many more on the vines waiting to be picked. It has been a dry August and I watered the garden deeply once a week. The last two days we have gotten lots of rain. It was a welcome relief until I went out to my garden and most of the tomatoes which were almost ripe had splits in the skin. Will these splits heal, or should I pick all of these now?

I didn't know too much moisture would cause splits in the skin like this!

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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

The last two days we have gotten lots of rain. It was a welcome relief until I went out to my garden and most of the tomatoes which were almost ripe had splits in the skin. Will these splits heal, or should I pick all of these now?
I didn't know too much moisture would cause splits in the skin like this!

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There are three kinds of splitting, concentric and radial which occur at the stem end, and horizontal which occurs elsewhere.

I've grown Supersonic and it isn't prone to either radial or concentric splitting in my experience so I'm assuming the splits run up and down or around the fruits.

The splits of concentric and radial heal over pretty well but not the ones caused by too much water intake when the tomato skin is at its maximum and can no longer enlarge, which causes the splits.

if I were you I'd pick them now and keep them on the counter out of the sun and see how they do. They may heal over or not, but you should get some useful fruits.

Carolyn

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 6:21PM
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jenniedhs

Thanks Carolyn! Yes the splits run up and down the fruits. The skin on Super Sonics are very thin, but I love the flavor for slicing. They seem to be the only variety that was affected. But there were also more "almost ready to pick" ones on the super sonics than my other varieties. I will take your advice and pick them and see if they will ripen more on the counter.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2008 at 7:16PM
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shyflowers

We have had really tropical type weather here, lots and lots of rain. I grow only small tomatoes, cherry and grape and they are all splitting because we have had so much rain.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 8:44PM
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