speed up ripening - Knowledgebase Question

chiloquin, Or
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Question by jkjetstrans
September 26, 2009
The temp is getting at and below freezing, and I still have about a hundred green tomatoes on my plants. What can I do to speed up mth ripening process? Thank you john

Answer from NGA
September 26, 2009
Not much you can do to encourage ripening. Tomatoes need warm weather in order to ripen. It's getting late enough in the season that you might consider ripening them indoors. You can pull up the plants and hang them upside down in a garage, picking the tomatoes as they turn red, or you can individually cut the tomatoes from the vine, wrap each in newspaper and set them in a box out in a garage or shed. Take a few indoors when you need them. They should ripen in about 10 days at about 75F. Good luck with your tomatoes!

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