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EvieM27
Jun 10, 2020 9:47 AM CST
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Hi Everyone- any help would be appreciated. My Husky Red Cherry Tomato plant is producing a lot of fruit...there's a bunch you can't see on the photo. These tomatos have remained the green color that you see in the photo for at least 10 days. The tomatos that I feel are full-sized just won't ripen! My searches on this problem say that ripening issues can be caused by lack of sunlight, lack of airflow, and disease. This plant gets tons of sun right on the fruit, and I've trimmed it up a bit to improve air circulation. Zero signs of disease and it's producing like crazy.

Can anyone help me figure out why these aren't ripening and how to fix it?!? I also feel like the fruits being produced by this plant are really, really big for a "cherry tomato". Could that have something to do with the ripening?

*We tested the soil in our garden last night- the PH is good 6.5ish, and the NPK levels are all adequate (not deficient or too high). I use organic compost tea every 10 days to feed, and epsom salt once a month.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jun 11, 2020 7:05 PM CST
I'm not really sure of this but what if you let it get a little too thirsty before watering?
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Jun 11, 2020 7:26 PM CST
Patience. The plant and the fruit look good, they will ripen when they are ready. Plants are harder to control than people. Just a case of the watched pot never boils.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Jun 11, 2020 7:54 PM CST
I'd go with Dillard!
MSP (Zone 4a)
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repentantslide
Jun 11, 2020 9:13 PM CST
farmerdill said:Patience. The plant and the fruit look good, they will ripen when they are ready. Plants are harder to control than people. Just a case of the watched pot never boils.


This ^

And a note about your NPK testing. It sounds like you probably used one of those garden store test kits? Those aren't accurate beyond maybe the pH test, I would never spend money on those since you can get a professional lab test from most universities for the same price or less. That said, I also wouldn't worry about it unless you have issues with plants not growing at all or producing very poorly. Your tomato appears to be growing well and producing heavily, it just takes weeks to months for tomatoes to grow and ripen.
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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SoCalGardenNut
Jun 11, 2020 9:54 PM CST
I've been waiting for 20-30 days for my Celebrity tomato to ripen,10 days is nothing. Lol
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EvieM27
Jun 12, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Thank you everyone!
I think Farmerdill nailed it.. I just wanted to be sure that I wouldn't be harming the fruit by allowing it to hang out there too long. It has been lightening from a medium-light green to a very light green. Progress!

I agree on the NPK testing- we did it more for fun. I can tell that my feeding and fertilizing program is working- all of my plants are thriving and growing and some are even producing already. But, I was relieved to see that our PH is good.

The plant that is being the most grumpy with me is my Purple Cherokee Tomato. That dude is finnicky! Even before the temps shot up to a level where the plant is unlikely to allow fertilization of flowers, I've been getting tons of blooms on the plant with very few or no fruit set. I hand-pollinate in the cool early morning hours and it's worked beautifully. But this plant is very fussy about setting fruit. He's healthy. And of course now its getting hot hot hot so he's going to be even more fussy about spending his energy setting fruit.
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repentantslide
Jun 12, 2020 11:31 AM CST
You can buy tomato blossom set spray if you ever get tired of hand pollination. A bottle goes quite a ways and always helped me in Oregon with our cool, rainy early summers which weren't conducive to fruit set. But it will cause ugly misshappen fruit with few seeds. Otherwise they taste grest.

EvieM27
Jun 19, 2020 9:21 AM CST
repentantslide said:You can buy tomato blossom set spray if you ever get tired of hand pollination. A bottle goes quite a ways and always helped me in Oregon with our cool, rainy early summers which weren't conducive to fruit set. But it will cause ugly misshappen fruit with few seeds. Otherwise they taste grest.


I actually JUST bought a bottle of that stuff and gave all of my tomatoes a spray. Did I misunderstand above, or did you say that the Blossom Set Spray will cause ugly fruit that tastes great? Hmmm. I guess as long as it tastes good that's the most important part. I am growing a few heirlooms (Purple Cherokee, Mr. Stripey, Black Prince) that I think are so beautiful....but I'd like to have good fruit. So if they're now going to turn out ugly due to the spray, that's the trade I have to make I suppose.

I read that uncoated Asprin (325mg) dissolved in H20 makes a spray that works in the same way?

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