Saturday, August 19, 2017

Common Tomato Plant Problems - Sunscald

How to Fix It

What it looks like:

The plants look healthy, and the fruit develops normally. As tomatoes ripen, yellow patches form on the red skin. Yellow patches turn white and paper-thin, creating an unpleasant appearance and poor taste.

What causes it:

As the name implies, the sun’s rays have actually scalded the tomato.

What to do about it:

Tomato cages, or a wire support system that surrounds the plants, give the best branch support while shading the developing tomatoes naturally. Sunscald usually occurs on staked plants that have been too-vigorously pruned, exposing many of the tomatoes to the sun’s rays. Leaving some foliage and branches provides shade during the hottest part of the day.

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