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tennessee_native
problems with tomatoes

My tomatoes are splitting open on the vine. Why? And how do I fix it?

911susan
Re: problems with tomatoes
tennessee_native wrote:

My tomatoes are splitting open on the vine. Why? And how do I fix it?

I've always heard that tomatoes split when they get too much water. If you water them, you may want to cut back on short waters and water less often, but deeper to the root. Maybe use a soaker hose.

bsum1
Re: problems with tomatoes

I've found a pretty good article about this. It revealed why mine have done this in the past.
http://www.agrisupportonline.com/Articles/cracking_in_tomatoes.htm

keith3267
Re: problems with tomatoes

Well you've got the why's, now for the how's. I lay down a soaker hose by my plants. Then I cover the ground with a good thick layer of wheat straw, 5 -6" fluffed up. I use organic fertilizer like chicken, horse or cow manure.

I check the moisture level by poking the ground under the mulch, if its moist, I do not water. With the mulch, I don't have to water very often. BTW, I live in TN too.

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