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Catface - Tomato

Description

"Catface” is a term for describing misshapen fruit with scars and holes on blossom end. Possible causes are cold weather with night temperatures 58 F or lower at flowering time, high nitrogen levels, and herbicide injury. The tomato varieties with very large fruits are more susceptible.

Management

Avoid setting transplants too early in the season, grow cat-face resistant varieties, and avoid injury by 2,4-D herbicide.

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