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Fruits and vegetables are fun to grow, that is for sure. When we plant fruits and vegetables, there are a few common staples that we are always sure to include. For most of us, tomatoes are chief among them.

Since the process is relatively simple and tomatoes produce a large yield, it is easy to see why so many people will choose to plant them in their own gardens.

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However, there is one key issue that always seems to crop up….literally. Tomatoes are known to experience regular splitting. Anyone who would like to avoid this problem is more than welcome to keep reading.

As it turns out, the prevention of this problem is easier than you might have thought. For starters, you need to know that this problem does not take place because of any major screw-ups on your part.

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If the inside of the fruit starts to grow more quickly than the outside, the tomato will begin to split. The tomatoes cannot be grown in overly dry conditions, as this exacerbates the problem.

After a heavy rain, the tomatoes that have been in a dry area will almost certainly start to split open. That’s why consistent watering is so important.

A regular watering cycle is sure to keep tomatoes safe from stormy weather. You’ll also need to account for this type of weather when you are establishing that cycle. If you live in a place where there is more rain, you won’t need to water them as much. In hot and dry conditions, they should be watered every two days.

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In addition to this rule of thumb, you’ll also want to make sure that the tomatoes are picked as early as possible. They should be sun-ripened on the windowsill for best results (though they might not taste as sweet). If you allow them to fully ripen on the vine, this is when they are going to experience splitting.

The garden beds have to be mulched as well so that the soil can retain moisture. This is important to remember.

Last but not least, be sure to choose varieties of tomato that are resistant to splitting. Disease-resistant tomatoes are also a great idea.

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Yes, you can still eat tomatoes that have split, but beware of rotting, oozing, and bugs. If none of those issues are present, then enjoy the fruit! We hope that these simple tips find you well.

Happy gardening!

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