Tomato problem

Asked July 10, 2018, 9:21 AM EDT

Can you tell me what has damaged this tomato and how to stop further damage? Green tomatoes look perfect. This is the first one to ripen and this happened. I'm lost. Will I lose my whole crop to this ? Thank you so much.

Dakota County Minnesota

3 Responses

It's difficult to provide a certain diagnosis by viewing the photo. However, based upon what we can see, the fruit appears to have been damaged initially by sun scald and secondarily by anthracnose.

The following bulletins discuss sunscald and anthracnose and how the two may be related. We remain a little uncertain because anthracnose is usually most prevalent later in the growing season. Sun scald can occur any time the fruits are overexposed to sun. Heavy pruning or leaf loss due to disease makes the fruits susceptible to sun scald.

Thank you very much for your prompt attention and analysis. It is very much appreciated.

Another master gardener suggested that the hole in the fruit might have been caused by an insect. She could be correct. If so, a variegated (AKA climbing) cutworm is a likely suspect.

Tomatoes damaged by cutworms

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