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Why won't my tomatoes ripen? They are huge on the vine and very green the entire week. I water them daily and fertilize weekly. Am I doing something wrong?

 
momx3gx1b

Asked by momx3gx1b at 10:24 AM on Aug. 1, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • STRESS THEM! Pick off the stems at the top that have no tomatoes or are just blossoming, at the top of the plants. It will stress them and they "perceive" that the season is at an end and they'll start to turn red.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 10:50 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • gardeningIt may be too much waterering. That happened to my dads tomatoes last year. They all got huge but never turned red. This year, he talked to a guy at the nursery and he said to cut down on the watering. Instead of every day, try every other day or every 3rd day. We water ours every 3rd day and we have tons of red tomatoes, a lot we've already picked. Just make sure you still water other veggies every day..especially cucumbers if you have those in there. Hope this helps! Good Luck and happy gardening!!! :)

    kimberlyinberea

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:01 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • how much sun are they getting?
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 10:25 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • I'm having the same issue. Tons of tomatoes that have been green now for like a month. Not one of them has changed color. I don't recall having this problem last summer.

    IhartU

    Answer by IhartU at 10:28 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • They need high temps to ripen. If its dropping below 50 at night,they won't redden.
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:31 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • They get lots of sun...my tomatoes last year suffered from blight, terrible crop.
    momx3gx1b

    Comment by momx3gx1b (original poster) at 10:31 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • It is dropping below 50 every night...what do I do, pick them and put on window sill?
    momx3gx1b

    Comment by momx3gx1b (original poster) at 10:32 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Pick them and put them in a cupboard where it is 65-70 degrees in there. Above 86 and they won't ripen either.
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:34 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • It's been too cool here at night, too, so I've been picking them & popping them into a paper bag when I need some ripe tomatoes. It's kind of nice actually, because I can control when my tomatoes ripen and they don't rot on the vine before I can get to them.
    mom2aspclboy

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 10:36 AM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Oh great, ty all!
    momx3gx1b

    Comment by momx3gx1b (original poster) at 10:41 AM on Aug. 1, 2010