[Tomato Dirt #127] Cracked Up? Tomato Cracks and What To Do About Them
July 12, 2017
Tomato Dirt Newsletter Volume 7, Number 11
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Extreme growing conditions – like heat or drought followed by downpours – can mean tomato cracks cut their way through your crop.
Here’s how it happens: after drought or heat, tomato plants get too much water too fast. The fruit grows quickly as it absorbs the extra water, but it expands too fast. The tomato skin can’t stretch to accommodate the extra fluid. Cracking alleviates pressure.
Here’s what you need to know about tomato cracks:
Cracks are most common during warm, wet weather or during a wet spell that follows a drought.
Keep watering even throughout the season. You can’t control the weather, but
you can keep your plants on a regular watering schedule when it doesn’t rain.
Pick cracked tomatoes as soon as possible to prevent fruit from getting infected.
Yes – you can eat tomatoes with cracks! Simply cut away the affected part of the fruit.
Next season, avoid excessive tomato cracks by planting crack-resistant varieties like Daybreak, Early Girl, Earl of Edgecombe, Heinz 1350, Jet Star, Juliet, Mountain Delight, Mountain Pride, and Valley Girl.
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