If you take away water, the tomatoes cannot stay lush and juicy, and the skin will crack just as your skin cracks if you do not have enough moisture . And when the tomatoes receive a large amount of water quickly after this, they fill with water and the skin bursts at the cracks like an overfilled water balloon.
A common question we ran across in our research was “Why do tomatoes split and crack?”.
Sometimes, if you have a lot of rain after a spell of really dry weather, you’ll find splitting tomatoes on your tomato plants. A split tomato problem is really caused by a lack of water . If you take away water, the tomatoes cannot stay lush and juicy, and the skin will crack just as your skin cracks if you do not have enough moisture.
How to stop Tomatoes from cracking?
One of the easiest methods to avoid cracking tomatoes is to plant varieties that resist splitting. These are usually thick-skinned tomatoes. Here is a list of a few tomato types that are crack-resistant. These adorable cherry tomatoes are thick-skinned and very attractive in the garden .
While I was researching we ran into the question “Why do my Tomatoes crack when they ripen?”.
Some authors claimed Some tomatoes are more prone to splitting and cracking than others because they have softer, thinner skin . This can be a problem with beefsteak and many cherry tomatoes. Generally, plum-shaped tomatoes and smaller slicers are less likely to split open when they are ripe.
Can you eat tomatoes that have cracked on the outside?
If your tomatoes have gone through a dry spell and you try to make up for it with frequent waterings, the inside of the tomato will plump up faster than the outside can stretch and grow . As a result the outer skin of the tomato splits open or cracks. Tomatoes that crack are still edible. They just won’t keep as long.
How long do cracked Tomatoes last?
Cracked tomatoes don’t keep as long as unaffected ones . How do you prevent cracks? Plant crack-resistant tomato varieties that have elastic skin, including Daybreak, Early Girl, Earl of Edgecombe, Heinz 1350, Jet Star, Juliet, Mountain Delight, Mountain Pride, and Valley Girl.
How do you keep Tomatoes from splitting when it rains?
You can’t always prevent tomato splitting; a rainstorm that dumps several inches of rain on your garden in a few hours will result in split tomatoes no matter what you do. But you can make it less likely that your tomatoes will split by doing the following: Water Regularly and Deeply .