Leathery skin on tomatoes

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  1. Rita

    Rita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have had really good luck with tomatoes this year, none of the usual diseases have appeared however there is a new one for me and I can't find out what it is. The skin on the affected tomatoes is greenish/brownish and looks like the texture of crinkled leather. The seeds and surrounding tissue are greener than a normal tomato. I'd like to find our what it is so I can correct the soil if that is the problem or spray. Thanks for any help. Rita in TN
     
  2. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

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    Leathery skin on tomatoes is generally caused by hot and dry conditions combined with alternating moist and dry soils. Growth of the fruit is in spurts rather than a regular pace. It also usually leads to cracked fruit as the skin can't expand. Mulching to assure even soil moisture will help prevent it.

    Martin
     

  3. Rita

    Rita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We certainly have had the hot, dry conditions you mentioned but the majority of the tomatoes are fine, just one here and there with this problem. Well, we might get a good rain from Katrina and perhaps the problem will disappear after that. Thanks Martin.