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#1 of 15 Old 08-03-2008, 11:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have litterally hundreds of green tomatoes. They have been there for weeks and they are just.not.turning.red. They grow in a greenhouse, so it's humid and hot. We have had plenty of sun too. I water them every day. Once a week I water them with nettlewater. So why are they not turning red?!? I promissed DD1 that she could have homegrown tomatoes in her packed lunch for the first day back in preeschool. That's tomorrow, so she'll have to settle for cucumbers and carrots.
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it depends on the type of tomato you are growing. I havent had any red yet , except grape. What zone are you in?
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I'm not really in any zone. I'm in northern Europe and we don't have a zone-system over here. But I think I would be in a zone 5 or maybe 4. But my tomatoes are in a greenhouse, so that makes it kind of complicated.
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Because they like to stay to the point of almost getting green for an insane amount of time. Perhaps to make you thankful when you have a billion tomatoes coming you your ears in a few weeks.

They should ripen soon, I hope...

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I thought tomatoes required a cool period to signal them to ripen? I'm sure I read that somewhere here...
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I'm in the same boat, been wondering the same thing. We are in zone 5.
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I'm in zone 6a and still have not had a single red tomato. The weather's been very strange lately, it's barely August and we're having fall weather already.
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Zone 5 and my tomatoes are just starting to turn. Mostly I have yellow ones (the red ones didn't make it), first it was just one yellow one that I picked earlier this week, now all of a sudden I am seeing more, I have about 3 almost ready. I also have some red saladette (like Roma only smaller), with tons of green ones just waiting, slowly the first 5 turned red, and now they seem to be taking off. Like a PP said, I think in a few weeks I'll be wondering what I was worried about.

(If you are in a place that deals with early frost, I read somewhere to pinch off all of the growing tips a month before first frost so that the energy starts going into ripening instead of growing.)
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We are in zone 7 and just got our first red tomato last week. The grape and cherry tomatoes started ripening about 2 weeks ago.
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I had a handful of ripe red ones on my grape shaped tomato plant about a week ago

nothing since

and TONS of green ones too!!!
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Also its a known fact once you post somewhere asking where your red tomatos are , they start changing color LOL
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You should pick off all new suckers from here on out 'till frost (unless they're cherry).
Also, the large leaves at the base of any braches should come off. This will devote all energy to the fruit.
It also helps to remove some of the larger leaves on top to expose the fruit to sun.
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I'm in 10A, also with hundreds of green tomatoes. I want to eat a homegrown tomato, gosh darnit!

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Zone 5 here; today my first purple cherokee started to turn!! Otherwise we've only had yellow pear and grape tomatoes. My neighbor has a couple of roma (I think) that have turned red for a few days now. (And making me jelous!!)
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Also its a known fact once you post somewhere asking where your red tomatos are , they start changing color LOL
AH, the mystery has been solved.... my tomatoes started turning almost immediately after posting. lol
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