Won't ripen above 83? Wow! Someone should have told the many, many
thousands of tomatoes my grandparents grew for market in eastern
Washington. It was a rare day, indeed, that the temperature was below 83.
Tomatoes are more of a hot weather plant than a cool weather plant, or so
it would seem.
I hope that wherever you got that information hasn't given you anything
else on which you might base anything really important.
Now if you have extended hot weather and don't they don't have adequate
water, you will have problems, but you'd also have problems in cooler
weather without adequate water.
Sorry, just be patient. They will ripen. Didn't someone on this group
say a watched tomato doesn't ripen?
If your abbreviation of LI is Long Island, the night temperatures for
LaGaurdia Airport for the month of July 2002 were in the 70's and low
80's. In fact, the highest night temp last July was 81. Check it out
here. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/box/showcl.pl . That is pretty
much like we had in the Norfolk, VA area last July (which was about
normal for the area) and the tomatoes ripened just fine.
Start here if you want a closer town.
With daily highs in the 90s, fruit does not set well if at all except
in certain varieties (Heatwave).
It seems that you did not have a problem last year, you just had great
tomato growing weather. Fruit continuing to enlarge is not a problem
with ripening. It seems to me that people in the New York do not
plant tomatoes outside until sometime in May. It usually takes about
60 days to get mature fruit.
There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and
I had the same problem.I planted them April. For over two months I
waited to get them to ripen since I started seeing green ones. I live
in FL. Finally I just collected all green ones from the plants. I am
little upset myself, not even one ripen tomato I enjoyed so far after
all the hard work I put in i.e protecting the plants from bugs, worms
and caging and tying them with twine etc. Finally I am questioning is
it really worth growing tomatoes or any vegies? May be I am missing
I had ripe tomatoes Memorial Day - in one of the colder
areas of Zone 5.
Sounds impressive, doesn't it? Especially if I give no
In actuality, they were growing on Red Robin miniature
Cool! I was in London (and about) in 1998, love your country! I was
there in May and did faithfully take my coat and umbrella with me as so
many told me to do; however, I didn't need it. It was perfect
sight-seeing weather, lightly sunny, around 70 degrees F. and quite
There are a lot of us Sun Gold lovers out there. I must admit, I've been
an evangelist. When someone asks me what to plant, I say, "If you're
going to plant only one, it has to be Sun Gold!" So far, they are
absolutely the best for flavor, but I'm a-still lookin'! <g> I always
have at least two plants since the first year. They are especially
wonderful for the little people; my granddaughters and other young
visitors pick them like berries; they fit in little hands so very well.
So far, I've had excellent luck. I truly believed my yard is blessed. It
sure isn't my knowledge; I just stumble along in my ignorance and enjoy
the fruits of that stumbling. :-)
I'm not sure of the zone, but it's on the West Coast of the United States,
Pacific Northwest to be exact, just north of Portland, Oregon. Our
climate is very similar to Great Britain's, I've been told.
I keep trying Okra because my grandmother likes it so well and used to
grow a lot of it. So far, out of three years, I've managed to get one
plant to bear two very small pods. I've kind of given up this year; the
seedlings didn't start very well . . . oh, well.
Good luck with all your babies this year, especially those Sun Golds!
(who hopes to visit Great Britain again within the next few years)
Gardener's heaven. :) You're lucky.
A lot of the rest of the country has to content with
terrible heat all summer and terrible cold all winter. And
this year we had constant rain all spring. Ugh.
I always drool over the weather when I read gardening books
by Brits, or by people in the PNW...or around San Francisco.
In one of the colder areas of Zone 5
On Mon, 30 Jun 2003 16:50:01 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (Glenna Rose)
Two issues; the weather and how to make tomatoes ripen sooner.
In the NY/NJ/PA area I heard it said that the colder & rainy weather
we had this year will have the effect of delaying harvest by a few
weeks on such things as corn an tomatoes. I know my garden in NJ
certainly seems a few weeks behind schedule this year. My first 1"
sized cucumbers and tomatoes finally appeared this past week.
Normally, I'm already picking cucumbers by now and my first
tomatoes come in the second week of July. Definately a few weeks
late this year.
Trick for ripening Tomatoes....
According the the book by Dick Raymond; The Love of Gardening,
you can make your tomatoes ripen faster if you do "root pruning"
when the tomatoes are green. Root pruning is where you take your
spade shovel and cut into the earth in a half circular pattern about
12 inches from the plant. Supposedly, this cuts into the root system
and triggers the plant to ripen the tomatoes. Try it!
Let me know if it works for you.
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