What's up with that? Week after week they just hang here and nothing
changes. The plant is putting out a pretty fair number of buds and I see
new fruit all over it. But the oldest fruit which is almost full size just
stays green week after week.
It has been hot here in SoCal - days in the mid 90s and nights about 68-72.
I water them heavily two times a day and that may have to be 3 at the rate
they seem to need it.
My celebrities also do not seem to be in any hurry to ripen. In fact some
of the oldest ones I just had to cut off due to brown rot on the bottom
half. Cutting them open showed they were full of brown goo inside.
Have you cut open any of the yellow pear tomatoes? Because if they
are changing color in the inside, pick some of the larger fruit and
ripen them indoors.
You might also try putting shade cloth over your plants to reduce the
heat and light.
The temps here are upper 80s, sometimes low 90s. And I water my toms maybe
every 5 days. If you are watering them heavily twice a day, you are badly
Pear tomatoes, especially yellow, will sit there, big, fat, and green for a
long time, until they are ready to turn yellow. Then one day you have a
bazillion yellow toms. Quit watering them so much and leave them alone. They
will ripen when they are ready.
How big are the pots? If they are drying out that quickly, you might
want to look at putting them in larger containers next year.
The pots are 22 inches in diameter and about 18 inches deep. They hold 2
cubic feet of soil. Next year I won't double up on the seedlings per pot.
I did 2 each this year. But it is very hot and very dry here and I have
noticed that even some plants, like my peppers, wilt despite having moist
soil. I understand that the plant is losing water faster than it can absorb
it. So I am planting much earlier next year, no later than February.
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