Bottom of every tomato is soft and mushy

by Kathleen Hamre
(Calaveras County, California)

I have a medium sized Early Girl tomato plant. It has been in the triple digits here every day for over a week, so I water every day. I deep water at the base of the plant, never watering the leaves. There are lots of tomatoes on the plant, right now there are approximately 24 tomatoes. The plant gets about 7 1/2 hours of full sun each day.

The tomatoes are well formed, although rather small this year. They get pink, then proceed to a nice deep red. They look beautiful until I pick them and notice that the bottom of each tomato is soft and mushy, about the bottom third of the tomato.

I garden organically, I use no chemical liquids or sprays. I've never had this problem with tomatoes before and I'm baffled as to what is causing this. Help!


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Aug 23, 2012
Too hot?
by: Clark

I can't state authoritatively but have heard that vine ripening in hot temperatures can result in mushy tomatoes. If it were me I'd pick a few nearly ripe tomatoes and try to finish ripening indoors to see what happens and narrow the cause.

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