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My plant is splitting!!!

Help! My 'mystery tomato' (that was supposed to be a six inch plant but skyrocketed to three- three 1/2 feet) is splitting in the stems in several places! This is the only plant that's doing this! What's wrong, and what do I do??? :cry:
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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

I’m gonna ask if you are maybe over feeding it — the leaves look so dark green. I suppose I tend to underfeed, but mine never look as dark as that.

If so, the plant maybe forced to grow faster than it can maintain structural/inter-cellular integrity, especially if it was on the dry side then got flooded with water. Kind of like melon splitting,
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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

It has not been fertilized recently, it has done good on it's own.There is a little Scotts Humus and Manure in the pot. I just noticed the splits this morning. It was last watered.....Tuesday.... I believe; and I didn't flood it with a lot. The weather has been very hot, and now it has been raining. This tomato is inside my open greenhouse with all the other potted tomatoes. No other plant is showing splitting. This 'mystery tomato' is the largest and eldest plant in there. It does have a younger sibling, but it's not splitting either.

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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

What should I do about this, please? :cry: Will the splitting get worse? Should I wrap something around the splits? This is my mystery variety and I'd hate to lose this big plant! :eek:

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I’m going to suggest something drastic — cut off the split stems. As long as you have one intact main stem, and fruiting branches below the split one, you will get fruits. More suckers will grow, too if this is an indeterminate type plant.

I’m going to elaborate further in the other thread where you posted photos of the green house and tomatoes.
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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

:shock: Yipe! Hate to, but you say it will help the plant, I will do so. You said the foliage was dark because of over-fertilizing, but I haven't done so in a while. This variety seems to be odd- I've noticed the young foliage looks rumpled/crumped up or wispy like, then changes as it grows. The tomatoes on it are staying green on it for like forever(but for me that's normal, it takes forever for my tomatoes to mature anyway) I cannot wait to see what fruit color it could possibly be. I'm hoping for orange. :wink:

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TomatoNut95 wrote:This variety seems to be odd- I've noticed the young foliage looks rumpled/crumped up or wispy like, then changes as it grows.
...do you have pictures?
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I will post some tomorrow. It is dark out now.

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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

Ok, here's the foilage. It looks rumbled, wispy like, then changes as it gets older.
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It does look wispy. If I were to guess, and this is only an uneducated guess, this is going to be a cherry type tall/long, viney plant with elongated -maybe with pointed end- fruits.
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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

Nope, not a cherry. Here's the fruits. They've been green forever, like all my other tomatoes do.

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Whoops. Here they are. Small and rounded.
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Darn! :lol:
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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

Here, I’ll show you why I thought that — all of these with elongated pointed cherry fruits have that kind of crumpled twisted wispy foliage. You might be able to see in these photos?

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Re: My plant is splitting!!!

Wow! I noticed the pink looking tomatoes in the top middle picture- maybe that's what these are. Me, I'm hoping for orange! I know it must not be the dark tomatoes like in the same picture or I would think the fruits would have very dark green or black shoulders, right? Whatever this variety is, I will save the seeds from it and see if it will come true to type. I'm trying to think of a name for this mystery type. Since I thought it was a Micro Tom, I thought I'd use the name Tom for part of it. I was thinking- 'Big Tom', but since the fruits aren't big, I'll think of something else; maybe go by the fruit color depending on what it is. 'Yellow Tom' 'Orange Tom' 'Pink Tom'. :wink:

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