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Apr 4, 2017 4:40 PM CST
I live Medford, oregon I have a hard time with tomatoes alot of people do in the valley..I get alot of tomatoes they just don't want to turn red I have way more green ones.. Can you help
Name: Daisy I
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Apr 4, 2017 4:57 PM CST

Are you growing varieties that are suitable for the length of your growing season? ie, if your growing season is 60 days, you can't grow a variety that takes 100 days to ripen.

If you are growing appropriate varieties and they just never ripen, you need more heat. You will have build yourself a little PVC hothouse.
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Apr 4, 2017 6:19 PM CST

What variety are you growing? Do you have full sun and proper drainage?

Apr 7, 2017 4:33 PM CST
Ok I grow Early Girls, Heirlom, Big Boy, Celebirty, I know it is annoying I sure never had this problem living in Southern West Virginia...Lots of heat there.
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Apr 7, 2017 4:51 PM CST
Are you starting your tomatoes early, indoors so that you have big plants already going by the time it's warm enough to set them outside?

I grew wonderful tomatoes in Vancouver BC years ago but I did always choose short season varieties like Early Girl, and always started the plants in March, indoors. Sometimes they were a foot tall by the time they got out into the garden.

Look on the seed packet for the "days to harvest" number. That number is how long it should take to see a ripe tomato from the time you transplant the plants out, not from when you plant the seeds. So the earlier you can start them indoors, the more of a jump on the season you'll have. With big transplants, you can also plant deeper, i.e. if the stem has, say, 5in. at the bottom with no leaves, plant the plant 5in deeper so that stem is underground. This only works for tomatoes, but those little hairs you see on the stems all make roots, so your plants are much more vigorous if you do this.

The other thing to do is to withhold water late in the season if you aren't seeing ripening. Stressing the plants a little bit (eg. water every other day instead of every day, don't completely stop) will cause them to want to ripen the fruit sooner.

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Name: greene
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Apr 7, 2017 4:58 PM CST
I'm confused. According to the NGA planting calendar for Medford, Oregon you cannot set your tomato plants out until at least May 12. Is your question related to last years gardening experience?

There is an heirloom tomato named for Medford:
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Name: Deb
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Apr 7, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Debbie, I am up in Washington (even colder than you) and have had great luck with Territorial Seed. They do all their testing in the Willamette Valley and grow varieties specific to our shorter and cooler season. You will likely be able to find racks of their seed at reputable nurseries or feed stores, or can order online. They have quite a variety, and sort them by type of tomato so you can mix and match to suit your palate. I have better luck with the smaller tomatoes (cherries, grapes, and salad types) than the beefsteaks, but I only grow a few plants for immediate consumption. You can also buy tomato starts from Territorial, I can't speak to that as I don't often order plants through the mail. Good luck, and welcome to this site!
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Name: Nita Porterfield
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Apr 9, 2017 9:13 AM CST
You might want to call your county Ag. Extension agent.
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Apr 10, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @DebbieBurnos .

I suspect there's a pretty big difference between Oregon and West Virginia. Where I live it isn't all that uncommon to not get any ripe tomatoes until September (and then they get frozen out shortly thereafter...).

Growing inside an unheated hoop house can be an amazing advantage for those of us in less than favorable climates. Otherwise, just be (very) patient. Smiling
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Apr 11, 2017 6:33 PM CST
Thanks to all..I just buy large plants instead starting from seed.But I am considering a small green house on my patio..
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Apr 11, 2017 10:52 PM CST
You might want to consider tomatoes that fruit early and tolerate cool soils like Moskvitch or Early Girl.

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