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Green tomatoes splitting

My green tomatoes are splitting on the plants.
During this hot spell I water them in the early morning and just before dark everyday.
What can I do to stop this from happening?
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I usually make green tomato chow at the end of the season but I hope to preserve some red tomatoes.
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It’s been heck of a hot summer here in Eastern Ontario
And it’s been both good ... and stressful for plants
So you are not alone in your challenges of keeping a reasonable balance to watering

Lol, Red Tomatoes are the goal

But nothing wrong with green ones either
Just gotta perhaps change your mindset

Whatever you do make with them will be a very welcome treat in January when we are at 30 Below ... and not 30 above
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If your tomatos are splitting it is likely to due too much watering at once. When the fruit absorbs too much water, the expansion from the liquid is too much for the tomato skin to split.

I've had some tomatos split as well due to some of the heavy rainfall last week. I left them to ripen on the plant and just cut off the top part of the tomato where it split when it was ready to harvest. The bottom part is still edible if the cracks aren't too deep. If they're near ripe and split, you just have to check that bugs haven't gotten to it first.
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They certainly aren't getting too much water. It is very hot and dry here.
Just wondering if the split will get bigger, making the tomatoes un-usable.
It's frustrating to put so much work in to this and not have much good produce.
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valeriey wrote: They certainly aren't getting too much water. It is very hot and dry here.
Just wondering if the split will get bigger, making the tomatoes un-usable.
It's frustrating to put so much work in to this and not have much good produce.
They're not "unusable", just have to be creative. I hope you don't end up throwing out these ones, that would be a waste!
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Which variety did you plant? Some are more susceptible to cracking than others, possibly due to a thinner skin. Also, watering a little bit here and there is not as good as giving the plant a really long soak and then letting it dry out for a day or so. This allows the plant to develop a more extensive root system which helps it deal with drought. I put in a drip system last summer and it has done wonders for my veggie garden.
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We planted Beefsteak, Roma, scotian, and cherry tomatoes.
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Most likely due to inconsistent watering. Twice a day is unnecessary. After you water, make sure the soil is soaking wet down to at least 3 or 4 inches. It take allot of water get that deep and if you have clay soil, it take a long time too.

Too much fertilizer will also cause splitting.
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valeriey wrote: We planted Beefsteak, Roma, scotian, and cherry tomatoes.
I have found Beefsteaks extremely prone to cracking.
Personally, I don’t need “pretty produce” so the look doesn’t bother me
If it seems to be getting too severe then I bring them in for either a Green Tomato Recipe
Or leave them on a windowsill to ripen (not the same / as sweet tho as vine ripened)

If I want “pretty tomatoes” ... I go with a smaller slicer variety
Have had good luck with both Early Girl and Summer Girl

Sometimes Cherry or Grape tomatoes crack or burst
But that’s usually cuz I left them on the plant too long
With these varieties you literally have to check / pick everyday

This has been a tough summer ... cuz of the heat
My water pattern is every morning... like clockwork
My tomatoes are grown in 5 Gallon Pails (grow my Peppers the exact same way)
I water 1 Litre per pail
And I planted a tube into the soil, so I can get water right to the roots
I feed with Miracle Gro in the mix once every 2 or 3 weeks ... usually tho only to sometime in July
Stopping once the fruit is set
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I need to be very careful about watering because we are on a well.

It has been so hot and dry that some of the wells in our community have gone dry.

I thought watering lightly in the morning and lightly again in the evening wouldn't drain the well.

No fertilizer used.
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Not looking for pretty tomatoes.
I want to bottle some red tomatoes for use this winder.
Maybe make salsa as well.
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