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Oakland, CA
JulianaBritto
Jul 20, 2017 1:34 PM CST
I have two enormous tomato plants that are dripping with green tomatoes for over a month. The weather hasn't been too hot or too cold, and I can't identify what's wrong with them. A few of them are starting to turn a bit yellow. Any tips?
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 20, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @JulianaBritto .

They will ripen -- it just SEEMS like it takes forever! If some are starting to turn yellow, they are beginning the process of ripening. This is where gardening teaches us a great deal of patience... Smiling
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 20, 2017 4:53 PM CST
If you really need to hurry them up, you can stress the plants a little bit by watering less. The tomatoes will stop getting bigger, and accelerate the ripening process. The plant thinks there's a drought and it's going to die so it switches into seed-making mode.

But if you want to keep the plants producing for another month or two, you should probably just wait.
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robertduval14
Jul 20, 2017 4:56 PM CST

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It takes time....but they WILL get there. That's why it's called 'gardening' and not 'shopping'.
Oakland, CA
JulianaBritto
Jul 20, 2017 5:04 PM CST
Ok if you say so! I swear it's been like, 2 months, which seems so much longer than previous tomato harvests I've had. So long as it's not a sign that I did something wrong, I'm happy to wait them out. Thanks so much for your quick response!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jul 20, 2017 6:04 PM CST
What variety of tomato are you growing, Juliana? Some do take MUCH longer than others. (but are often well worth the wait!)
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