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Q.Home Grown Tomatoes

Zone Kings Lynn , Norfolk Uk | Triggers added on October 1, 2022 | Answered

Because of diverticulitis I grew my own beefsteak tomato’s this year. In a small cold frame greenhouse. I grew Pink Brandywine, very nice , very little seeds and very fleshy, so easy to remove any seeds, made great soup. But they split , almost every tomato. I did water regularly every day. Please could you recommended a similar tomato that does not have the propensity to split. Many thanks

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BushDoctor
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Answered on October 3, 2022

Much of the time, this will be less due to the cultivar, and more due to the environmental conditions. Usually, splitting is caused by a few key things:

Uneven watering (including too much water) will be most common. The soil should be allowed to dry to about 5 to 8 cm, thoroughly, between waterings. Any more, or any less will lead to cracking.

Temperature fluctuation leads to cracking. If the temperatures vary, too much, between day and night- It leads to cracking.

Be sure to feed them, very well. They are heavy feeders. Lack of fertilizer can lead to cracking, as well.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-cracking.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-moisture-in-plants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-ph-plants.htm

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