Cracked Tomatoes

Cracked Tomatoes
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You're watching a tomato ripen on the vine and your mouth is watering at the thought of that tomato finally ripening. Then you go to pick your tomato from the vine and notice that it is cracked! What went wrong? Tomatoes will split and crack as they grow because of fluctuations in the soil moisture. Uneven watering, especially in container gardens, is the cause of tomato splitting and cracking. This will happen if you forget to water your tomato for a few days and try to make up for it by giving the plant a lot of water at one time. Or, if you skip the watering schedule because a recent rain has given you the impression that your plants are fully watered. The tomato pulp expands faster than the skin grows. It is a common tomato problem and happens to the best of them. 
This is what happened to my "Great White" tomato pictured above. I thought it was getting enough water between recent rain fall and my normal watering schedule. Then we got a heavy rain this week and overnight the tomato cracked. It looks ugly but the tomato is still edible. I wish I had listened to that little voice inside my head that told me to pick the tomato this past weekend and let it continue to ripen on the windowsill. Now I have a tomato with more cracks than a room full of plumbers. 
Uneven watering is also the cause of blossom-end rot. I'm growing these tomatoes on my porch garden. See the link for a list of plants I'm growing in that small space. 

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  • "more cracks than a room full of plumbers" :-))))

    And here I am on my crusade again: just as sub-irrigated (self-watering) planters can help prevent blossom end rot (better than eggshells and whatever other hokum people add to the dirt!), they can also prevent cracks because the tomatoes can drink at an even rate, all summer long. Now, when the tomatoes are coming in, or not, is just when the sub-i planters are beginning to shine: I hope to take pictures and update in the next few days.
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  • In reply to Jay3fer:

    Yeah, my next post is about self-watering containers.

  • In reply to Jay3fer:

    Whenever I hear little voice regarding food, I follow them! I just ate a cracked, not-even-quite-ripe-yet 'Tiger-Like' and man was it good. I just realized my gardening jeans may have a bit of the plumber thing going on, but so far none of the plants have complained.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    LOL.

  • In reply to Jay3fer:

    Bought a cracked tomato at the farmers market yesterday. Didn't even notice the crack until I got it home. It was delicious with basil from my container garden and some fresh mozzarella. All red inside, as any tomato should be this time of year.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    Yeah, usually if I see a cracked tomato I will skip it. I think most people would but we shouldn't. They still taste good and there's nothing wrong with them and their taste isn't affected.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    Really cracked tomatoes go into the marinara sauce! Yum. I have lots of cracked tomatoes but I'm not concerned about that.

  • In reply to gardenmom29:

    Sauce is the best option for them but I'll even put them in sandwiches. Nobody can see they're cracked inside of a slice of bread.

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