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by Charlie Slavik
A. I'm writing about the tomatoes we grew in a small garden in the Indianapolis, IN area this season. They were "Better Boy" tomatoes. When they first started to ripen - around the end of August - they seemed to be okay... but, as time wore on, the tops started to split and get black mold in the splits (see attached pictures). It was a very hot and dry summer here, and I watered the plants at their base no more than 3 times a week. We grew them last year in pots and had some splitting, but nothing like this year. My question is: what causes this splitting and how can we avoid it next year? Are Better Boys more susceptible to this kind of problem? We really enjoy homegrown tomatoes, but we're thinking of trying a different variety next year, after 2 seasons of relatively low production, small tomatoes, and horrendous splitting and mold! Any suggestions?
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A. Two answers for your cracking and white mold problem.
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