tomato plants - Knowledgebase Question

jersey city, Ne
Question by buckie124
September 19, 2010
what do i do with my container tomato plant since winter is near?


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Answer from NGA
September 19, 2010

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Tomato plants will die after the first frost of the season so there's not much you can do to keep the plants alive during the winter months. If your plant still has some green tomatoes you can get most of them to ripen if you prune them off the plant (with a little stem attached) and wrap them individually in newspaper. Just keep them in a cool, dark place such as an unheated garage. Eventually they will ripen. You can unwrap them every two weeks. When they begin to show red you can take them indoors to finish ripening. Or, you can take a few of the green tomatoes indoors and set them on a kitchen counter. As a rule, they'll ripen in a week to 10 days. Best wishes with your tomatoes!

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