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tomatoes not ripening on vines.have been planted since aug 31st.Huge crop.all green still.

is there anything we can put on the tomatoes to speed up the ripening process.They should have been showing some signs of ripening by now.

Submitted: 09:10AM, 09 Dec 2011
Answer: Hi Eleonora,

As tomatoes are a warm season crop, it could well be that the temperature have just not been high enough to initiate the ripening process.

Tomatoes require plenty of sunshine, about 6-7 hours a day.

They also require a well balanced fertiliser to ensure that the plant received the correct amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Be careful not to use a fertiliser that is high in nitrogen otherwise you will get an abundance of foliage at the expense of the fruit.

It has been particularly cool this spring with temperatures well below the average so this be a reason for your tomatoes not ripening. I am sure once the weather stays consistently warm, you will find that your tomatoes will begin to ripen.

Continue to apply a fertiliser such as Thrive Soluble Flower & Fruit or Aquasol. Both of these fertilisers are high in potassium which will encourage the plant to produce lots of flowers and fruit. I am sure you will be harvesting in no time.

Answered: 01:06PM, 09 Dec 2011


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