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September 1st, 2009, 09:10 AM
MotherFrog's Avatar lost in la la land
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Since tomatoes have been brought up quite a bit later, I thought I'd post a little info from my HUGE book of gardening.

-Chapped Tomato Skin
Excess or lack of water, too much fertilizer, cold temperatures, and varietal differences can all contribute to deformed fruits. Here are a few more common problems and solutions.

-Blossom Drop
Your tomatoes are flowering beautifully, but the blossoms seem to drop without forming any fruit. Air temperature above 90*F (32*C) or below 55*F (12*C) cause this condition. At these temperatures, most tomatoes flowers will not set fruits. The solution is to grow varieties adapted to the heat (Heatwave II) or cold (Siberia) or to protect the the plants durring flowering with shade cloths or covers

-Blossom End Rot
The bottom, or blossom end, turns brown and rots. Fluctuating moisture conditions of the soil cause the problem, so mulch the plants well, make sure they are planted in well drained soil, and keep them evenly watered.

-Sunscald or sunburn
The top surface of the tomato skin has lightly colored patches caused by directed exposure to the sun. These patches eventually rot. To avoid this, grow indeterminate varieties that have lots of foliage to shade the fruits, avoid pruning the leaves, or provide afternoon shade with shade cloths

Good tips in my opinion! I'll have to keep these in mind for next year!

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September 1st, 2009, 05:32 PM
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Hmmm...interesting facts. I think I'm having that sunburn problem with my jalepenos. They have black spots like described above. Never had that problem before but I think they are in more direct sunlight this year.
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September 1st, 2009, 06:18 PM
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It sounds like it.

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