Tomatoes Splitting

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tomatoes Splitting
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Tue, 09-04-2012 - 4:53pm

I have some nice green tomatoes that are very slowly ripening.  But I have moticed that about a third of them have big splits in them.  Does anyone know what causes this?  My Roma's have a lot of bloosom end rot, but they ripen in spite of it and are fine.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 7:15pm
That sounds like a great childhood!
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Registered: 05-17-2001
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 2:15pm
LOL! That paints a very "Mayberry" image!

I was farm girl, so I spent my days playing in the hay, the fields, running through sprinklers and playing in the sage brush. I'd take a little food and a picnick blanket and spend all day out there. (There is NO way, even though I only live 9 miles from where I grew up now, that I'd let my girls play way out in the sage now. I have to be able to SEE them every time I look outside, or I am not happy.) I built forts out of hay bales and played with the coyotes. Really, they are like dogs when they get used to you. I'd get really close to the antelope too, they were the coolest animals to watch. They'd get so used to me and the farm machinery they wouldn't even lift their heads when we got close. I only avoided them when they had babies in the fields. My dad would swath around them sometimes, they just wouldn't move out of the way!

Or I'd go arrowhead hunting with my mom. We had a lot of prime spots to look, "blows" in the sand where the wind would blow the sand every once in a while and uncover arrowheads, grinding stones, pestles and bowls. I'd look at the top of any hills to find bone and fish vertebrae beads.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 9:50pm

Southern gals don't do cool well.  We like steamy and being out in the sunshine and wearing light clothing!  

I have lived in the South most of my life, and for my first 20 years, I did not know what air conditioning was.  I knew they had it on Starship Enterprise, which was in black and white on our TV from the Western Auto, but they did not have it in Mayberry at Sheriff Taylor's house.  Lucille Ball did not have air conditioning.  So I did not feel deprived.  

We went down into the woods everyday after breakfast and spent all day swinging on vines and dropping into the creek.  Went back close to the house when the sun got low, and played Kick the Can until our parents flashed the porch lights.  Then it was time to go inside and watch Bonanza or something.  LOL!!!

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Registered: 05-17-2001
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 9:08pm
Wow! Our school's don't have air conditioning! I love the fall, it's cool and cozy. Winter is great until just after Christmas, and then I would like fall again!!

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 7:29pm

I've always said we have 4 seasons; Spring, Summer, Thump, and January.  Thump is that day when all the trees drop their leaves at once.  I actually liked it better on the coast, where winter almost doesn't exist.  Public buildings are not required to have heat so the kids use "snow days" anytime the temp drops below 38.  When  it gets below 38, schools, city halls, libraries, and the post office shut down.  LOL!


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Registered: 05-17-2001
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:40pm
I don't think I'd be happy somewhere where it stays warm so much. I'd get depressed. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I want to enjoy every minute of it! We went to Hawaii in 2006 the beginning in October. It was SO humid there, I about melted. I was miserable,and was wearing shorts when we got back to Portland in 40 degree weather and LOVING it. I couldn't wait to get home to 50 degree days and did a LOT of cooking!

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 05-17-2001
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:37pm
Late August is about the end of swimming season for us. Even if it gets into the upper 80's during the day, it can still get to 27 or lower at night. That is why alfalfa grows so well here, it has to do with the extremes in temps. in short periods of time. We normally can start getting in the pool mid to late June, but last year we had our last snow fall June 1st! i remember a 4th of July when I was a kid where it snowed a little. But we've also bbq'd in January.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 02-27-1999
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:36pm
I've got more work to do on the siggy! WOW, we will still be swimming up into October. We get our 6 months worth of summer!
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Registered: 05-17-2001
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:15pm
I love the new siggy Karen! The bottle idea is good, now sure if it would be enough though. Maybe two? I'm in the high desert, so the air is really dry.

I need to ask DH about the fertilizer, I'm not sure what his schedule for it was this year. I know that he used Miracle Grow though. It was a granular mixed with water.

Yeah, the lows this tie of year are pretty cold!! We had 29 this morning. We put the blankets over the tomatoes and peas last night, and they look okay this morning, I hope they don't wilt later!

We do have a really short growing season, you almost have to have a greenhouse to have a lot of good veggies. We can't grow fruit trees or berries here, and potatoes are short. We just dug ours up yesterday and didn't get many. Next year DH had better be prepared to make our garden a LOT bigger!! =D The carrots and lettuce haven't frozen yet, they're still going strong. The green onions are okay, although I already harvested most of them. I'm going to have to get the red onions up and in the freezer before too long. They aren't very big, but I'm afraid they will freeze too hard also.

~Misty~


 


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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 11:16am

I think that the temperature in combination with the water can do it. When its hot the fruit will grow more quickly if there is enough water available to uptake. The quick growth then causes the splitting. A lot of my tomatoes (especially Brandywine) get splits which quickly scab over and don't affect the quality, just the appearance. I cannot quote any scientific source on this, it is just my observation over years of growing tomatoes!

Since you are growing in containers I imagine you need to be more careful about watering and fertilizing than if your plants were in the ground. How long before the splitting did you fertilize? Do you use a liquid or granular fertilizer? Could the plant have gotten a "boost" from fertilizer which gave it a growth spurt?

Is it typical for you to get those overnight lows at this time of year? You must have a very short growing season! 

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