Why is my home grown tomato not round? Our tomatoes are growing in odd shapes, why?
Well, I don't actually know why. What I do know is that we had so many diff kinds of tomato this year that we had some shaped like your picture, and we even had some orange ones shaped like your picture.
. . . .and all the traditional shapes as well. What is important is that you never, under any circumstances purchase or consume Genetic mutant tomatoes like those from the seeds of a toxic monsanto tomato
It appears to be the brand of tomato you planted. I used to grow types that got really large, but grew in strange shapes like the one here. The name of that one was "Beefsteak," but this could be a different name.
Are all of your tomatoes turning out like this or just a few of them? Probably has something to do with regularity of temps, watering, etc. Oh well, they probably taste good. Enjoy!
Not all of the tomatoes are shaped like this one. This is the first tomato to be picked. It looks like the tomatoes that are just starting to grow are round. They are a beefsteak variety, not heirloom, which I would expect to be oddly shaped. At least the picture, when we bought the plant, showed perfectly round tomatoes. I think possiblities could be too much water - we had a lot of late spring rain in california or over-fertilization -I fertilized a few weeks ago.
Tomatoes are usually very hearty Plants. The strange shape could come from a couple of reasons. Soil Nitrates, over watering or PH level of the soil. The Beefsteak variety is not much different than any other species with the exception of size and flavour variations. Have your soil tested; then you can adjust your fertilizer accordingly. You might also try pouring a cup of Nutri-soil around each plant three times a week. Happy harvesting!
Some research suggests excessive soil nitrogen, and erratic soil moisture can cause catfacing in warm weather.
In cool weather, temps below 50, poor polination is the cause. Low temperatures bring fewer pollinators and low pollination. These low temps can cause the blossom to stick to the developing fruit while other parts of that same tomato continue to grow us expected.
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