I have lots of tomatoes, set and on the vine. However the night time
temperatures are now in the mid 50's and are often in the 40's. Nothing
has happened in 2 weeks.
Any solutions? The nights are getting colder and the days are shorter and
harvest prospects are diminishing.
Move the plants inside into a nice sunny window.
The plants will die, but the fruit will ripen!
You could use big buckets of just water rather than pots of soil.
I've accidently broken off fruiting branches and just stuck them into
vases. The fruit on them ripened as the vine sections slowly died.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch." -Jack Nicholson
IIRC our tomatoes ripened until first frost. But if you think that
they will not, look for mature green ones. Mature ones will have a
yellowish star on the blossom end. Pick them and wrap in newspaper
and store in a cool dark place. Do not make too many layers.
We did this when first frost was in November (average 11/15) and would
still have tomatoes at Christmas, sometimes longer. You have to keep
checking them and quickly get rid of any that are going bad.
"Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
I sympathize with the OP. I have lots of green tomatoes that arn't
co-operating because of the cooler night temps. I normally pick any
green ones before first frost and let them ripen indoors and in the
greenhouse when I run out of space. Salsa verde isn't bad if you need
something else to make with them. I haven't tried fried green tomatoes
yet but might this year. I planted 31 tomato plants with a few extras
in the greenhouse. I may need to figure out how to use up the extras :)
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