Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tomato Zippering

Sometimes damage to the fruit of a tomato plant can be caused by the weather. Zippering, obvious from the thin, brown, dead scar running from the stem scar down the side of the tomato, is one weather related problem we are current seeing.

Sometimes a small protrusion develops at the end of the zipper. Formed by anthers, the male parts of the flower, sticking to the newly forming fruit, zippers are more common when early fruit development occurs in cool weather.

Sometimes a hole opening into the locule forms. In this instance there is a small hole but it does not extend into the locule.

See http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/plants/vegetables/TomatoZippering.html for what happens when the hole extends into the locule.

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