This is my third growing tomatoes and the third year i have had hard skins,last two years i have had Vandos,this year i have had Moneymaker & Gardeners Delight but all have had hard tough skins especially the Vandos,anyone have any idea what the problem is ???


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,384

    Are you letting them ripen well on the plant.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,173

    Never come across this problem.............a tough skin when you assume they are ripe to pick seems like the fruit hasn't developed properly ?

    I don't fuss over my toms I admit but ate my first outdoor one today......just as delicious as I expectedimage

    Perhaps Italophile will have an explanation ?

  • James45James45 Posts: 6

    Thanks all for their inputs.


  • James45James45 Posts: 6

    Anyone recommend a variety that does not seem to have this problem,with not having a lot experience growing Toms,as far as watering goes I seem over water rather than under water

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Stay away from the plum varieties - Roma, San Marzano, etc - to avoid thick skins. Unless you're intending to make sauce, in which case the thicker skins are an advantage.

    Sounds from Buddyboy's experience that it's not variety-related. Never grown those varieties so I wouldn't know. In addition to his suggestions, overfertilising can also cause thicker skins.


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