A few days ago I was sitting in the conservatory enjoying a nice cup of coffee. While looking at my plants over the rim of my coffee cup I saw something odd. First I thought I must be mistaken and I wasn’t seeing clearly because my coffee was fogging up my glasses but a quick wipe of said spectacles confirmed that I could actually see wrinkly tomatoes on my tomato plant.
I jumped up, slopping coffee onto my trousers (ouch) to take a closer look (with glasses on). Et voila, two green tomatoes with wrinkled skin which, to the touch felt soft as if they’d been forgotten about at the back of the fridge. I removed them from the plant and sliced one open. The inside was still firm, it was just the outside that looked like a very old tomato.
A search on the internet didn’t offer much information except that the cause could be erratic watering or too much direct sunshine. My tomato plants are in pots on a window sill in the conservatory so I guess it could be both. But then again, it’s not the first time I’ve grown tomatoes this way and I have never had this problem before …and let’s face it, too much sunshine? With the spring and summer we are having here in Belgium at the moment..? Hardly!
When I noticed that another plant also had a few wrinkled tomatoes on I knew that I had to do something. I removed the tomato plants from the window sill and replaced them with some sweet pepper plants. The tomato plants are now out of direct sunlight and I will water them more frequently. Let’s just hope this is the answer and that my other toms are saved. After a war to beat all slugs in the garden this year I would hate to loose my tomatoes to some mystery wrinkled tomato disease.