My Tomato Is Getting a Line on the Bottom

Asked August 16, 2020, 6:55 PM EDT

Is this normal? Should I pick it soon and let it ripen off the plant to keep it from worsening? A smaller tomato has a more extreme case below so I’m including that pic too.

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

This is commonly called zippering which is a fruit disorder when the flower anther stick to the developing fruit as it grows. Click on the link below for more information. As long as there are no holes created by the cracks, there is no need to pick your fruit before it ripens. They are still good to eat. Hope that helps. http://blogs.cornell.edu/livegpath/gallery/tomato/zippering-fruit-disorder-on-tomatoes/