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 Post subject: Tomato stem breaking
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:30 pm 
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My tomato plant had several blooms on it. I had 2 of them flower beautifully and close to fall off, but instead, about 1/4 inch up the stem it is broken off, nice and smooth. There are 2 others that opened, set fruit and are doing well. What is the deal with the ones that broke off. Will this happen often or is there something I need to do differently? I am going out to take a picture now, or try too and will post what I am seeing.


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 Post subject: Re: Tomato stem breaking
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 4:39 pm 
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Here is the picture of the tomato that is set and the stems where 2 should be but broke off very clean.


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File comment: The picture is a bit blurry, I know, but the best I could get. It shows the one tomato about the size of an English pea set and growing and the stem where one should be but just broke off very clean.
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 Post subject: Re: Tomato stem breaking
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:48 am 
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It could have been a caterpillar or even a squirrel that chewed the stem off. You can spray it with BT early in the morning and if was a caterpillar, it will kill it. It is not harmful to any beneficial unless they get in the wet spray.

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