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[Tomato Dirt #108] Sunscald: Patches, Blisters, and White Spots – Oh My!
July 21, 2016

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 6, Number 14

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FEATURE: Sunscald on Tomatoes: Patches, Blisters, and White Spots – Oh My!

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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.

Get more details about sunscald and other problems on tomato fruit… and be sure to check out our Tomato Problems Pinterest board for more helpful information.

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Tomato Growing Tip #35: Can You Eat Tomatoes With Sunscald?

Tomato Growing Tip #35: Can You Eat Tomatoes with Sunscald?

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To Help You Protect Tomato Fruit

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That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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