Sun scald
Tomato Sun Scald Scorch
A number of young tomato plants showing sun scald]]
Sun scorch

Sun scald or sun scorch is caused by too strong sunlight, especially on wet leaves or fruit or a poor root system, so the plant can't draw enough water on hot days.


The plant or fruit will grow a paper-like, thin, grayish-white substance. The sunscalded area may also begin growing black mold which will rot the tomato, and render it inedible.[1]


Spray plants with water to keep them cool and less stressed. Glass in a greenhouse, on a window sill or in direct sunlight will be stronger, bear this in mind.


Over watering can damage root systems, so watering correctly is critical, a little and often is the best advice to keep the peat constantly moist. Roots need air as well as water and if the conditions are too wet for too long, this will suffocate the roots and kill them, too dry and the plant will overheat on hot days.[2]



  1. Tee. Tomato Quirks Part 4 – Sunscald. Veggie Gardener. Retrieved: 2010-07-25.
  2. "Advice for early tomato/cucumber growers" - "Tomatoking
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