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I have a large variety of tomato growing, beautiful fruit but some of them go yellow and woody on the bottom when ripening. Could you please help, I’ve looked everywhere on the net to try and find out about it .Thanks

The reason your tomatoes sometimes turn yellow on the bottom is due to the inability of the chlorophyll (how plants obtain energy from light) to completely breakdown. This is possibly due to high temperatures. Precautions that can be taken include shading the plant to reduce its expose to the sun. As for the woody appearance on the bottom this is caused by cold weather and can be avoided by not setting out plants too early in the season. Hopefully your next batch of tomatoes will come out perfect! In the meantime check out our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes for those tomatoes you have already grown (even if they are spotty).

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