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[Tomato Dirt #207] Sunscald: Patches, Blisters, and White Spots – Oh My!
July 23, 2020

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 15

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Danger: Don't Let Your Tomatoes Get Thirsty

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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, white or white spots, they may have 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: Can You Eat Tomatoes with Sunscald?

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

To Help You Protect Tomato Fruit

Gardener’s Tomato Staking System and other tomato cages AgFabric and other garden shade cloths

More about Tomato Problems on Fruit

Why Are My Tomatoes Developing White Spots?Gray Wall on Tomatoes: Blotchy Ripening on Fruit Why Do Tomatoes Develop a Hard Core Center?Help! My Tomatoes Have Yellow or Green Shoulders!

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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