We have some lovely grape and pear tomatoes on our deck that seemed perfect
until tonight I went out to pick them and they all have splits on them. Did
I leave them on the vine too long? Any other culture advice?
I grow both the grape and pear tomatoes and have noticed
quite a bit of splitting (and cracks) this summer. Around
here the weather has been very "uneven" (hot, then extremely
rainy for a few days, then hot again). That is what usually
causes the splitting problems. You can pick them early but
I think the flavor is better if you leave them on the vine
until they are ripe enough to eat (especially with the red
and yellow pear tomatoes).
I believe the weather can play a big factor in the splitting, if you have
had too much rain. Also if you over water them, this too, can result with
them splitting. What i do now is i pick them just before they ripen, but
newspaper into a cupboard or dresser drawer, and i leave them a couple of
days, closed, still checking on them. They do ripen, and the flavour stays
in! Hope this helps??? Good-luck!!!!
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