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Questions About Cherry Tomatoes

Asked by
Anonymous on
July 26, 2011

Q. Tomato Trouble

My tomatoes are hard and somewhat green inside this season. No sweet, juicy wonderful tomatoes. Not sure what the problem is? I can usually take them off the vine half ripe and within a couple days have perfectly ripe, delicious tomatoes to eat. Why do they look like Hot House tomatoes instead? I live in MI and the weather has been weird. Is that the problem? My smaller cherry tomatoes are fine, but my Beefsteak and Better Boys are both hard and don’t seem to be totally ripe on the insides. Any insight to my problem? I was excited to not deal with blossom end rot this year, but I have inedible tomatoes instead (well, they aren’t very tasty, anyway!).

Answered by
Nikki on
July 27, 2011
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The weather could very well be the problem. When temps are above 85 F, tomatoes slow ripening. When temps are 95 F or higher, tomatoes can stop ripening all together. Many parts of the country are experiencing high heat, and if you are as well, this could cause the tomatoes to either ripen unevenly or stop ripening all together. It should correct itself when the temps come down.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 1, 2011

Q. Black Tomatoes

Can you still eat other tomatoes (plum and cherry) or other veggies in your garden if you have several plants with black bottoms? And was it ok to throw them in my backyard wood area?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 2, 2011
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They have blossom end rot. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-blossom-rot.htm

If it's not covering too much of the fruit, then simply cut it away and eat.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
August 17, 2011

Q. Worms in My Cherry Tomatoes

I found white living worms inside each of my cherry tomatoes. The tomato looks perfectly fine on the outside, but when I cut it open, there is a small white worm moving around on the inside. What is it, and is it harmful? I obviously have been eating them up until yesterday. How do I get rid of these pests? I am so grossed out by what I found. Please HELP!

Answered by
Nikki on
August 18, 2011
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It sounds like you have tomato pinworm. If you accidentally ate one, you should be fine.

This article will have more information about them:
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r783300411.html

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Asked by
bpearse on
October 6, 2011

Q. Split Skin on Cherry Tomato, Ok to Eat the Tomato?

I have found a number of my cherry tomatoes with split skins that have a thin covering over the split area. Are these tomatoes ok to eat? I have been boiling most of my tomatoes for sauce.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 6, 2011
Certified Expert
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This is called cracking. In mild cases, like yours, the skin cracks as the tomatoes grow and heals over. It is safe to eat. In more severe cases, the tomato will split open. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-cracking.htm

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Asked by
marrie186 on
April 16, 2012

Q. I Had a Container of Cherry Tomatoes Last Feb. (San Antononio, Tx)

The cherry tomatoes were over ripe and my husband threw them into our garden. Now we have several plants and we have cherry tomatoes growing. Are these going to be edible?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 17, 2012
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Yes, they will still be edible provided they're growing in an area free of chemicals or other issues.

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Asked by
susankrnotch on
April 28, 2012

Q. do all cherry tomatoes grow in clusters like vine ripe?

Do all cherry tomatoes grow in clusters like vine ripe?

Answered by
Heather on
April 29, 2012
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Cherry tomatoes do mostly grow in clusters, but the clusters may be straight lines (like the vine ripe) or more circularly shaped clusters where the fruit stems come out from a central location on the branch.

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Asked by
trouble on
July 26, 2012

Q. why aren’t my tomatoes ripening to maturity?

My cherry tomatoes have many orange tomatoes. They have been that way for weeks. They are bitter to taste and the skin is tough, but they are not reddening. I am losing a lot that are splitting. Should I pick them green and hope they turn in a basket on the porch? What else can I do? Does it have anything to do with the weather?

Answered by
Nikki on
July 27, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

The weather could very well be the problem. When temps are above 85 F, tomatoes slow in ripening. When temps are 95 F or higher, tomatoes can stop ripening all together. Many parts of the country are experiencing high heat, and if you are as well, this could cause the tomatoes to either ripen unevenly or stop ripening all together. It should correct itself when the temps come down. In the meantime, if you are afraid they will either die or you simply cannot wait, you can keep them on a window sill in a sunny location, or for an even faster way, put them in a brown paper bag. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/how-to-turn-green-tomatoes-red-how-to-store-tomatoes-in-the-fall.htm

As for the splitting, this is called cracking. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-cracking.htm

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