Why do your tomatoes have cracks in them? You have probably asked yourself this at some point in your attempts of growing them. Tomatoes are loved globally. They are the most frequently grown and consumed vegetable, also very sensitive. After days of carefully planting and watering them, it is naturally disheartening to see your tomatoes split just when they looked ready to be plucked. Now you must wonder why they split and crack when all seemed right.
Reasons why your tomatoes have cracks
The main reason of tomatoes splitting and cracking is fluctuating water supply, and a sudden shift in moisture. Now, if we do not have sufficient intake of water our skin turns dry and starts cracking. This is exactly what happens with tomatoes too. Extreme drought can cause the skin of tomatoes to crack or split. Another cause for it to split is excess of water. Too much of anything is never good. Therefore, tomatoes which are subjected to intense drought, and soon after are drenched in copious amount of rain water split because of the overflow of water. Tomatoes grow rapidly from inside in comparison to the outer skin. That is why dry tomatoes cannot contain the water, which results it to split open. In few cases, wavering temperatures can cause newly sowed tomatoes to wither and crack.
Split tomatoes can open doors for bacteria and fungus, to make way inside and rot it. Completely resolving the issue of cracking tomatoes is not possible. If there is a heavy downpour then you can do nothing to save your tomatoes from splitting, but via these measures you can reduce and curb the cracking and splitting of your tomatoes under some circumstances.
Deep watering so that your tomatoes don’t have cracks
– First thing you need to make a part of your routine when gardening tomatoes is to water regularly and thoroughly, after intervals of two to three days. You should water them at ground level, as water on leaves can spread diseases. Watering them deeply, regularly will prevent it from the effect of sudden change of going from droughts to heavy rainfall.
– Mulch your soil with organic mulch such as straw, shredded bark or pine needles. So that it maintains the moisture level around your tomatoes.
Plant a resistant species of tomato
– There are many varieties of tomatoes available to choose from. They key to identify tomatoes which are less prone to splitting is their skin. Tomatoes with thick skin are more likely to crack or split.
– Fertilizer is crucial to maintain the health of your soil. Make sure to follow the instructions and guidelines mentioned on your tomato fertilizer. Good soil condition will enable your tomatoes to grow in good quality and quantity without splitting.
Good drainage system
– Planting holes in your pots, or placing them in a garden that is above ground level will aid in minimizing the chances of your tomatoes being drenched, in case of heavy rainfall. Another alternate is to place crushed seashells, which not only absorbs excess water but also strengthens tomato skin as well.
Following these precautionary steps can help save your tomatoes from splitting.