Out here in the wilds of Washington State in zone 6, I have tons of
tomatoes. About 98% of them are as green as an Irish Shamrock. Last year I
had lots of ripe tomatoes by mid - July. Course, it has been ungodly hot out
here this Summer. Currently at 100 degrees right now. Does that affect the
ripening process? Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?
I just picked my first almost-ripe tomatoes today. They weren't really
quite red, but they smelled ripe and I didn't want the squirrels to get
them. These were "Stupice", which shoulda beed getting ripe a month ago.
The problem here (I think) is the unusually cold nights we've had all
summer long. Hot weather might prevent the flowers from pollinating,
but should not prevent ripening.
| >Out here in the wilds of Washington State in zone 6, I have tons of
| >tomatoes. About 98% of them are as green as an Irish Shamrock. Last year
| >had lots of ripe tomatoes by mid - July. Course, it has been ungodly hot
| >here this Summer. Currently at 100 degrees right now. Does that affect
| >ripening process? Is anyone else experiencing the same problem?
| I heard a folklore story years ago about a gardener putting a shovel
| into one side of the roots of half his plants to get them rippened.
| Does that apply here? I don't know.
| Good luck.
"I find the biggest mistake that home gardeners make is to over water and
over feed tomatoes, which results in lush foliage growth, cool and moist
soil, and just a few, slow ripening tomatoes."
(Vegetable expert Jon Traunfeld of the University of Maryland Cooperative
Extension Service) -- "...a cool, rainy spring and now hot, dry periods --
might be slowing things a bit.
"If they are slow, it could be attributed to a crazy spring," he says. "When
you put tomatoes in cool soil, roots don't get established quickly and the
little microorganisms are too cold to work in the organic matter and feed
When fruits were forming late spring, the temperature dropped to 50 degrees
or less many nights."
Thanks for your help and the links. Looks like I've been doing a couple of
things wrong, and will do some corrections. At least I do have a ton of
tomatoes...fried green tomatoes, anyone?!
> Thanks for your help and the links. Looks like I've been doing a
> things wrong, and will do some corrections. At least I do have a ton of
> tomatoes...fried green tomatoes, anyone?!
> Thanks again,
My Romas are turning quite well... I pull in a bowl full every few
days. The Celebrity type we have are just barely starting to turn... So
far, we've eaten two. There's two more that are going to be ready soon.
A little more patience, and you won't have to have fried green
tomatoes (if you don't want to ;-))
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Green tomato chutney ? Yum !
My cherry varieties have started to ripen and have been a couple of weeks
now, but my full sized toms (I think the variety is Shirley, can't recall
cos I bought them as a small plants rather than from seed) are only just
starting to change from pale green to, well, yellowy pale green. I am in the
UK and we have had almost tropical weather - a long hot spell followed by
rain, hot spell, more rain, etc.
Bill, I have never had to try this, but I read it in a book on growing
tomatoes. The book said when your problem occurred, to take a shovel (as
mentioned before) and cut straight down a foot away from the main stem. It
says to do it on two sides of the plant. It didnt say opposite sides, but
one side and then either front or back. That puts the plant under stress
and fools it into thinking it better hurry up and ripen its seeds. The book
says that it then devotes its energy into ripening the tomatoes.
Good luck and have fun.
here on michigan, zone 5, mine and many friend's gardens are experiencing
the same problem. sadly, we've rarely gotten above 80 during the day nor
getting above 60 at night. we've even had many nights in the 40's, setting
or tempting record lows.
And what's really tarting to worry me is that the tomato plants are starting
to turn brown. That's typical towards the end of the season, but I don't have
red tomatoes yet. I mean, they might finally turn red, but on dying plants.
Don't know how much that will affect quality.
We're in that little strip of zone 4 just south of Cadillac, and have
been having the same problems. I'm thinking of rigging some kind of a
hoop over the plants to keep the heat in at night.
The guy at the LeRoy feed mill was selling plants from a hoop house this
spring. The plants are gone, the hoop house is closed, but the weeds in
there are growing like... anyhow, they are bigger than the standard
I'm in Spokane, WA, seems the temp. is in the high 90's to over 100
everyday, no rain.
I have four Burpee Big Boy tomato plants that are producing very heavily,
none red yet but are showing signs of ripening.
Cukes are doing amazingly well in all this heat, just have to keep them
watered twice a day and they love the heat.
Big crop of very sweet, burpless, thin skinned cukes.
Bush beans, Okra, Eggplant all doing very well!
One of my neighbors to the North! I'm in the Walla Walla area, and my
experience pretty well mirrors yours. Except that my lemon cukes have yet to
set any fruit at all this year. Had tons of em last year. Just today I
noticed a few of my Celebrity tomatoes are beginning to turn - rest of the
other varieties still greener'n the Spring grass! Well, to be fair, the
Stupice (pronounced Stu-peach-ka), tomatoes provided the first ripe one of
this season back on July 4th. They've been the only ripe non-cherry type
I've had here so far. Maybe it's just an off year, eh?
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