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Sep 2, 2016 11:16 AM CST

I planted plum tomatoes as well as heirloom tomatoes this spring and I have a huge crop of healthy green tomatoes that are not turning red. They are in a raised bed that is all types of compost and worm castings. They have been watered enough but are still green. Could someone let me know why they are not turning or if they are just late or will not turn at all.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Sep 2, 2016 12:27 PM CST
BE PATIENCE. Are they showing any signs of gettin ripe ? Like getting a little lite in color ? May need more lite.
Theres allways fried green tomatoes !
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Sep 2, 2016 12:30 PM CST
Also it depends on how much sun the plants are getting. If its shadier the tomatoes will take much longer getting ripe.
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Sep 2, 2016 9:19 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @avanarsdale !

When your tomatoes ripen depends a lot on the variety you are growing (as well, of course, as when you planted them). Where I am, my larger, heirloom tomatoes (like Brandywine and Aunt Ruby's German Green) are just beginning to ripen -- the plants were put out in the garden at the beginning of June. The weather can also play a significant role in their development. If the plants are healthy, I would say just be patient, the tomatoes will ripen in their own time! (I do know how frustrating it is to wait, though!)
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Name: Elaine
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Sep 3, 2016 8:07 PM CST
Sometimes you can hasten the ripening process by easing back on watering a little bit to 'stress' the plants. If you've been watering every day, try cutting back to every second day and see what happens. If the plants are substantially wilted after 2 days without water, then try watering every day, but half as much.

If it gets towards where you think there might be frost or cold nights, you can pull the plants part way out of the ground also, to further stress them into ripening the fruit that's on the plants.

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Sep 4, 2016 6:11 AM CST
Welcome! avanarsdale. Do you know the names of the tomatoes you have? If you do we can look up how long they typically take to ripen. I have to go with cultivars that ripen quickly in my area. I'm having problems with blossom end rot in one of my tomato cultivars this year, which is caused by a calcium deficiency that is usually related to fluctuating soil moisture content, which I know was the case here, so I would be hesitant to withhold water to any extent if they seem to be doing OK other than being green. Mine have only recently start to ripen. Some heirloom cultivars can take a long time.

Edited to remove link on blossom end rot and fluctuating soil moisture that didn't work, will try and find another - hopefully this one works:
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