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3 Tomato Plant Prolems and How to Prevent Them

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Every gardener will experience some problems when growing tomatoes. Too much is dependent on the weather and other conditions out of the control of the gardener. However, knowing what you are dealing with can make your tomato growing more successful.

The following 3 tomato questions have been asked repeatedly every year. Each of these tomato growing problems has an easy solution.

1. Why do tomatoes crack as they ripen?

Otherwise healthy looking tomatoes split open before they're even fully ripened. What happened, how can you stop it from happening and are they still OK to eat?

2. Why do the bottom of tomatoes turn black and soft? (Blossom End Rot)

There may be no tomato problem more heartbreaking than blossom end rot. This tomato problem doesn't show itself until the tomato begins to ripen and by then, it's too late to do anything about it. What's more, all the tomatoes on the plant are probably going to follow suit. If blossom end rot is a reoccurring problem for you, take simple steps to avoid it at the beginning of the season.

3. Why is the stem end of my tomatoes not ripening? (Green Shoulders)

You can wait and wait and wait some more, but some tomatoes are never going to fully change to red. Sometimes it's just the type of tomato you're growing and sometimes the weather and sunlight play a hand.
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