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Q. Daily heavy showers causing tomatoes to split before they are ripe. How early should I pick them?
A. Great question during a rainy season!
Tomatoes split because of fluctuations in watering. When there is an influx of rain, the insides of the tomatoes grow faster than the outer skin. Tomato skins crack because they can't keep up with growing as fast as the interior flesh.
While this can sometimes be a problem when the tomatoes are still green, it happens more often to tomatoes that are starting to ripen. Outer skins becomes more fragile the closer a tomato gets to ripening.
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