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Old 09-19-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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ok guys, I am brand new here, but certainly not to the forum.

I have several tomatoe plants that are doing very well, but one, which is the small yellow pear variety are producing a huge crop. The problem, every single tomato is splitting before it gets ripe. They are fine while still green, but by the time they turn yellow they split. Does anyone know why?

Nita
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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maybe these links will help... only a few of my tomatoes have had problems but then i don't have many to begin with. for the first time, they didn't all die from my mismanagement nor the deer nibbling...

Wednesday, August 09, 2000 - Avoid tomato fruit splitting with water - Las Vegas View Neighborhood Newspapers

Cracking in Tomatoes - Splitting Tomato - Agricultural Articles

Need a solution for why my tomatoes crack and split?

Causes and Cures for Splits in Tomatoes

nice to see you 'round Nita!

Kate

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Old 09-20-2009, 06:43 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Sounds like either of 2 things:
1.) Hot days, cold nights
2.) Wet, dry.

What's your weather?
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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maybe these links will help... only a few of my tomatoes have had problems but then i don't have many to begin with. for the first time, they didn't all die from my mismanagement nor the deer nibbling...

Wednesday, August 09, 2000 - Avoid tomato fruit splitting with water - Las Vegas View Neighborhood Newspapers

Cracking in Tomatoes - Splitting Tomato - Agricultural Articles

Need a solution for why my tomatoes crack and split?

Causes and Cures for Splits in Tomatoes

nice to see you 'round Nita!

Kate
Kate,

thanks, I am sure it is the too much water. We have probably had 6 or more inches in the past couple of weeks. I think I will pick some of them, wrap in newspaper and let them ripen inside.

Thanks again,

Nita

ps: Kate, one more thing, that pic of the deer could have been taken in our back yard.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Sounds like either of 2 things:
1.) Hot days, cold nights
2.) Wet, dry.

What's your weather?
lots and lots of rain in the past couple of weeks, maybe 6 inches or so.
I am sure that is it.

Thanks for the help,

Nita
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Kate,

thanks, I am sure it is the too much water. We have probably had 6 or more inches in the past couple of weeks. I think I will pick some of them, wrap in newspaper and let them ripen inside.

Thanks again,

Nita

ps: Kate, one more thing, that pic of the deer could have been taken in our back yard.
my wish came true this year: got to see babies close up! i love the spots! now, the spots are gone (mid september).

it's cool to see them up close but i feel for them. they're so tame, they're easy pickin' come hunting season. the ones that come back in spring almost never have antlers.

we've tried being noisy & offputting to them to see if they would scare but they just stare. they almost never bolt unless we're running with the dog.

glad you figured out the tomato mystery!

Kate
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Old 09-21-2009, 04:06 PM
 
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it rained so much before our tomatoes were totally ripe that by the time they were ready to pick, they were almost all split or smushy

most all the cucumbers were weirdly shaped and yellow too. still okay for pickling, but not for salads
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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it rained so much before our tomatoes were totally ripe that by the time they were ready to pick, they were almost all split or smushy

most all the cucumbers were weirdly shaped and yellow too. still okay for pickling, but not for salads
sometimes a shot (just some in the water) of fertilizer can diminish the yellow aspect... good drainage is paramount, also.

i usually kill everything with over-mothering. this year i fertilized every other watering & only watered about every other day or when signs of sudden death were imminent...

then when i saw the yellowing & splitting start, i decided to water with plain water first then go over it again (so it was drained of old fertilizer by the first watering) with water that has fertilizer. i fertilize every time now using this method.

my veggies/herbs are all in containers, surrounded by 5 feet of anti deer fencing. i put pebbles in the bottom of the containers, then sand with charcoal topping it then soil from wherever (home depot or walmart). i tried really hard not to kill everything this season & so far only the insects have won small victories over me!

the rosemary seems boring to the deer & hardy so that gets planted in the ground. they don't like the mint either, so that may be next... if i can confine it, somehow...

kate
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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my wish came true this year: got to see babies close up! i love the spots! now, the spots are gone (mid september).

it's cool to see them up close but i feel for them. they're so tame, they're easy pickin' come hunting season. the ones that come back in spring almost never have antlers.

we've tried being noisy & offputting to them to see if they would scare but they just stare. they almost never bolt unless we're running with the dog.

glad you figured out the tomato mystery!

Kate
We too have had more than unsual number of fawns. yes, they are tame, even mommies are. Hubby got a pic, not quite as close as yours, but he took 3 or 4 and the dow didn't even move except to continue eating our black berries. We have had 2 sets of twins right in front of our house a few times and I was coming home from bridge about a month or so and saw triplets.

To people who have lived in rural settings most of their lives they don't understand how exciting nature can be for some of us. I am just amazed at what I have seen since moving to NWA about a year and 1/2 ago.

Nita
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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it rained so much before our tomatoes were totally ripe that by the time they were ready to pick, they were almost all split or smushy

most all the cucumbers were weirdly shaped and yellow too. still okay for pickling, but not for salads
My cukes were just plain weird and much of the squash rotted before it was ready to pick. I will say, we certainly got enough squash, I was at a place I didn't really care. I think our most successful crow was or is our green beans.

Nita
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