Re: [gardeners] 'maters

Barbara J. Davis (
Thu, 1 Oct 1998 08:25:59 -0500

> Going to put me on the spot, eh:-) The first problem of yellowing fruit(at
> the stem end, I am assuming) could be a soil deficiency, possibly magnesium
> or potassium. Try putting a teaspoon of epsom salts mixed in when you
> transplant in the spring. Growing to a point could be the variety. Types
> such as oxheart, paste, and stuffing toms tend to have that form.
> My cherry toms split as well. It's a condition known as growth cracks.
> Usually occurs later in the season as temperatures and moisture conditions
> start to vary widely. Just have to eat them faster or split and dry them
> whole. HTH
> (Bill & Chris Loke)[Z4/5 on a good day]
> The Lokeation, RR#1, Kars, Ontario K0A 2E0
> Elderberries have more fun than younger berries!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: penny x stamm <>
> To: <>
> Date: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 9:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [gardeners] 'maters
> >Bill Loke, please educate me:
> >
> >My tomatoes are medium sized, so- called early maturity, and
> >most of them come to a point. They usually have a hard yellow
> >flesh around the stem end. The skin is tough.  No name....
> >The flesh was beautiful but the taste was ordinary.
> >
> >My Sweet 100's were delicious, but this last week of September,
> >they all split on the vine. Even some not-quite-dark-red ones split.
> >We have had cooler weather (50* at night), full sun by day, water
> >daily.
> >
> >Why...?
> >
> >Penny, NY
> >
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