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Why do my Heirlooms split?

Posted by bbbacres Montana (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 3, 12 at 10:31

Probably on old topic, but as my Brandywine Heirlooms mature they beging to split. By the time I harvest them, there are large scars, evidence of deep splits, in the tomato body. Most look like splits that healed over, so there is a sort of vegetable scab over the trough. A few are deep enough to stay open. By the time I cut around the affected areas, about 20% of the tomato is left and it tastes great.

Can someone explain what is happening? Is there a cure? Should I consider another tomato, if so, what?

I have photos if someone would like to see one.

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RE: Why do my Heirlooms split?

Here is a photo of my problem.

Here is a link that might be useful: Splitting Heirloom Tomatoes

RE: Why do my Heirlooms split?

Splitting and cracking are most often caused by inconsistent moisture problems - dry-wet-dry. Lots of discussions here about 'splitting' and 'cracking' the search will pull up. It has nothing to do with the variety or the fact that they are heirlooms or not.


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