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[Tomato Dirt #232] Cracked Up? Tomato Cracks and What To Do About Them
June 24, 2021

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 13

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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.

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FEATURE: Tomato Cracks and What To Do About Them

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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.

Get more helpful info about tomato cracks

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Danger: Don't Let Your Tomatoes Get Thirsty

Yes, it’s good to be a drip when it comes to watering your garden! Tomatoes need 1-3 inches of water a week.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Two Kinds of Tomato Cracks

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

How to Water Well and Prevent Tomato Cracks

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More about Tomato Problems

Blossom Drop: Why Fruit Doesn’t Set and What To Do About ItTomato Sunscald: Too Much Sun on the FruitHelp! My Tomatoes Have Green ShouldersWhy Is There a Hard Core in These Tomato Centers?

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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