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Post  grownsunshine on 7/22/2013, 4:22 pm

I harvested my first two tomatoes. They both had these holes in the bottom. I opened one and didn't find any worms. Can anyone tell me what these holes might be? Do you think they normal or from worms or what? Have you experienced them? Thanks!

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Post  walshevak on 7/22/2013, 7:23 pm

Birds are pecking holes in my tomatoes. Last year I have to put tulle over the plants to protect against the birds.

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Post  grownsunshine on 7/22/2013, 7:32 pm

Could be birds, but the holes are right on the bottom where the flower was. I just started create a chicken wire fence to protect my plants. It sounds like the sooner I do it the better.
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Post  camprn on 7/22/2013, 7:38 pm

It could be caused by any number of things. Photo please.

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Post  sanderson on 7/22/2013, 8:05 pm

Until this year with SFG, my tomatoes always looked like the tomato in your photo. Every 5 or 10 years, I would try a tomato plant in the dirt or a pot. If I remember correctly, I was told it was a watering problem. Rather a tough chew at that end??
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Post  camprn on 7/22/2013, 8:25 pm

Oh I see the photo now. I wonder why I didn't see it before.. I am having some computer trouble.. please disregard my previous post.

That is just the blossom end and some tomatoes do funny things at the blossom end, it's called catfacing. But what about all those pinholes in the tomato? What kind of tomato is that?

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Post  sanderson on 7/22/2013, 8:46 pm

Thanks for the great article.  I bookmarked it.Very Happy
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Post  batmap on 7/23/2013, 1:16 am

@grownsunshine wrote:I harvested my first two tomatoes. They both had these holes in the bottom. I opened one and didn't find any worms. Can anyone tell me what these holes might be? Do you think they normal or from worms or what? Have you experienced them? Thanks!

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Which holes are you asking about? At the center, where the bloom connects to fruit looks normal. See below if you mean the bites around the outside of the fruit.

"Bee stings" as it were are caused by insects biting through the skin. The plant reacts to bites in stems, fruit, etc by excreting nectar until the wound is sealed and healed. If you have a wound and remove the scab, your body excretes blood plasma which contains dissolved proteins, glucose, electrolytes, hormones, and clotting agents (coagulation of the blood).

So as multiple bites are made across the surface of a fruit like watermelon, pear, apples, honeydew, or in this case tomato... the scar from each bite heals into a brownish type of scab. The pattern of these bee stings can be in a zipper, zig-zag, or straight line from stem to flower. Once the flower dries up (no more nectar), flying insects will land on the flower and crawl to the fruit to obtain nourishment; crawling insects access the fruit from branches; and leaves, branches, stems, or other obstacles like dirt or other fruit can prevent access, depending where the fruit is located.

More bee stings on a fruit (more often than not) is your sign that the sweeter the fruit will taste. Who knows better than an insect's nose? Click the watermelon link above for more on harvesting watermelon.

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The pattern of bee stings on your tomato appears more to be near the blossom end of the fruit, which is typically flying insects.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/23/2013, 9:49 am

Thanks, batmap. That is very very interesting! And from now on I'll smile and feel very lucky when the fruits & veggies that are 'blemished' like this are on the sale tables.

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Post  grownsunshine on 7/23/2013, 12:15 pm

I'm questioning the pinholes at the bottom of the tomato. You can look in the hole and see inside the tomato. I thought they were small worm holes until I opened the other one and didn't see any worms (still could be). It would make sense that they might be bee stings, as the holes are at the blossom. Are those bites on the outside of the tomato? I thought that was normal since the other tomato had those markings too. It's a Beefsteak tomato.
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Post  grownsunshine on 7/23/2013, 12:16 pm

ps - Camprn, I bookmarked the article also. Thanks!
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Post  camprn on 7/23/2013, 12:21 pm

@grownsunshine wrote:ps - Camprn, I bookmarked the article also. Thanks!
I also posted it in the disease sub forum.

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