During the last week of July our cherry tomatoes have decided to start turning red. It seems to take about a week or so for them to fully change. So far we have had about 6 red cherry tomatoes 4 of which split ;(shown in the last image). I think it’s off to a slower start than ideal because we are only getting one or two red ones at a time; we have been holding off on picking them because we want to have enough to use in a meal, or at least more than one. But by the time they turn to a really nice red, we get split cherries instead of them being perfect like they seemed the day before.
These images were taken on July 22nd, 25th, & 27th.
After doing a little research about cherry tomatoes and why they might split, I found out that it has to do with how they are watered! Often tomatoes will split if watered too much or if they are watered irregularly. For example, if the plant’s dirt was pretty dry and then got hit by a heavy rain, there’s a good chance that the fruit will split, or if we allowed the pot to get too dry and then over compensate by watering it too much they will most likely split- this is probably the problem. Luckily we’re figuring this out now so we can attempt to prevent it going forward. I think we’re learning our lesson; we’ll need to pay better attention to how much they are watered and when. Also, we are going to pick them when they are ready, not when we have a bunch to pick at once.
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