Tomatoes not ripening on the vine?
Or maybe you just want to keep your fall harvested supply from ripening so quickly?
Here’s some information that should be helpful.
I received an email today from Toni, friend and reader in Oregon, about her tomatoes:
Thanks to your suggestions of bringing in tomatoes to ripen indoors, last year I had more tomatoes then I could use! And the roasted tomatoes were delicious.
My tomatoes this year, however, are not ripening (on the vine). I don’t know why. We have had the longest, warmest, driest summer in history. I thought we would be over run with tomatoes.
Here’s my reply and suggestion to Toni:
It’s known that the optimal temperature for tomato ripening is from about 68 degrees F to 77 degrees F. If it’s cooler or warmer than that, ripening slows way down.
When it gets up to 85 degrees and higher it stops the ripening.
Your days have probably been hotter than 85, but hopefully your nights have been in the 70s.
If you haven’t already tried this, why not take a few tomatoes that you think are just about ready to turn and bring them into the house where the temperature (even with a/c) will probably be in the low 70s. See if they don’t ripen faster.
I thought Toni’s email and my reply would be worth sharing since it’s been such a strange year in the garden and probably others might have this problem.
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