FEATURE: Sunscald on Tomatoes: Patches, Blisters, and White Spots – Oh My!
Image: Tomato Dirt
If you notice that your tomatoes have light patches, blisters, or white spots, they may have tomato sunscald – particularly if the plants get too much direct sun and especially during very hot weather.
Sound familiar? Take these steps.
Don’t over-prune tomato plants -- especially in hot climates. If you leave extra branches on plants, you’ll provide extra shade for fruit.
Cage tomato plants. Caging provides tomato support without requiring pruning, so foliage can provide shade to tomatoes, whereas traditional stakes and
trellising expose fruit to maximum sunlight, which promotes sunscald.
Watch the weather. When the forecast is for extended hot, dry weather, shield plants with a lightweight screen, shade cloth, or straw to protect fruit from over-exposure and hopefully prevent sunscald.
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