Texas Drought - Cracking Tomatoes

by Gwenn
(Hereford, Texas)

Still green but cracking

Still green but cracking

Still green but cracking
Another cracked green tomato

I've been watering the tomatoes every day because it's so dry and hot. I live in Texas and we're in the middle of a drought. I didn't get them planted until the end of June.

It's now mid-August and there are only a few tomatoes. The biggest ones are developing cracks while they are still green. Am I watering too much, not enough, or is it just too hot to grow tomatoes this year?

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Aug 20, 2011
Some ideas about tomato cracking
by: Clark

Hi Gwenn,

I've read about the Texas drought; sounds awful! There are several factors that influence cracking. One is the tomato variety -- some are just more susceptible. For example, some crack-resistant varieties carried by Burpee include:
- Celebrity
- Thessaloniki
- Mountain Magic
(Shop Burpee.com for Tomatoes}

Consistent soil moisture is very important, and it sounds like you've got that covered. Organic mulches placed around the plants can help with that.

And yes, heat can be a factor. You're experiencing very hot days and probably cool nights in the Texas panhandle. Temperature extremes can put stress on the tomato skin and cause cracking.

Let's pray for more normal weather next year!

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