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Why are my tomatoes green?!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

I am SOOOO ready to eat my tomatoes! I've got more than two dozen on the vine...but even thought they are getting really big and heavy, not a single one has turned red yet!!

It is the weather? Not enough fertilizer? I know that some of my fellow community gardeners have had their tomatoes starting to turn red, but not one for me yet! And the peppers are starting to look really good, and ready to eat. I wanted to wait to pick them until I could make salsa!

Those with more gardening experience, please advise!

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    I haven't a very good track record with tomatoes! Last year, our weather was so cold and so wet that my tomatoes rotted on the plant before they could turn red emoticon
    1713 days ago
    They look wonderful! Love your pictures. You will be eating tomatoes in no time! ENJOY!
    1714 days ago
    It's early for tomatoes around here. Some people may start their seeds inside really early and plant early varieties, but for most of us we just have to wait. Fortunately, fresh, homegrown tomatoes are definitely worth the wait!
    1715 days ago
    As pointed out, different varieties will ripen at different times. Yours look healthy. I know, you're psyched for fresh veggies but be patient!
    1715 days ago
    A lot of when tomatoes ripen depends on the type of tomato you plant and when you plant them.
    Some varities ripen a few weeks earlier than others, ie. Early Girl. Also if you planted yours a week or 2 later, your will probably ripen later even if its the same variety.
    You will notice as they prepare to ripen that they change color to a lighter green until they are almost white, then they start turning red.
    1715 days ago
    Tomatoes love heat and sunshine. Not enough here, although it is still early for the standard varieties.
    1716 days ago
    Mine too! Other than my cherry tomatoes, the tomatoes are coming in really slowly and staying green forever. I'm assuming it's something to do with the weather. Usually by now I've got lots.
    1716 days ago
    The one thing no one has mentioned here is that there are a few varieties of tomatoes that don't turn red. Find the name of the variety you planted and do a search online to find out how long they are supposed to take to ripen and what they are supposed to look like when they are ripe. They look nice and healthy in the pictures.

    If the last picture is of green bell peppers, they look to have a ways to go yet.
    1716 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/11/2013 1:40:21 PM
    May have late bloomers!!.
    Mine are still very small and other plants only have flowers.
    The peppers look good!! great garden.
    1716 days ago
    There are many varieties of tomatoes and often they ripen at different times. You might just have a late season ripener! Mine aren't turning red yet either.
    1716 days ago
  • CANDIK48
    Your tomatoes and peppers look great! Nice healthy plants and fruiting well. I'd give them a little more time to ripen but if they don't, you might want to check and make sure you didn't buy a heirloom type that is actually green. There are a few out there. Also... if you get really impatient, you know there are tons of recipes out there that are quite tasty and use green tomatoes!
    1716 days ago
    Awesome tomatoes and plenty when they turn red :)
    1716 days ago
    they just need a little more time to get ripe.. sun and warmth. it will happen.. Maybe suddenly and then all at once, you will be swimming in tomatoes!
    1716 days ago
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