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Can anyone advise me what am I doing wrong.  I have a greenhouse full of very healthy looking tomatoe plants which are producing an abundence of tomatoes.  However for some reason many of the fruits are splitting open before they are quite ready to pick.  Am I over watering or feeding or the opposite?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,234

    I slow watering down as the tomatoes start ripening. Don't let them dry out but they don't need as much water now.

  • GardenmaidenGardenmaiden Posts: 1,126

    Its a sign of overwatering. I've done it myself by accident and had that happen.

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Yes, it can be overwatering. The skins can't expand quickly enough to contain the increased moisture. But there are also some varieties that are prone to splitting regardless of moisture levels.

    I've mentioned it here before, but the closer a tom gets to ripe, the less it takes from the plant. Ripening is actually an internal chemical process for the tom with the plant playing no role.

  • Hedge2Hedge2 Posts: 3

    Thanks everyone, that is what I suspected but great to have it confirmed.  I can proceed with confidence now.

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