Three Tips to Turn Green Tomatoes Red!
Updated: Aug 20
So you've been tending your tomato plants like babies and now you've had masses of tomatoes grow on the vine. There's only one problem - they're all green and staying green!
What's causing this and what can be done?!
1) Time! Like a watched pot never boiling, the tomato will stay green as long as you look at is :) But seriously, tomatoes do take time to ripen, so sometimes patience is all that is needed.
2) Weather! Tomatoes will be less likely to turn red on the vine if its too hot or too cold, so consider changing where there are located if in pots, or add fleece/ shade as needed. Make sure they are in a sunny spot also to help them ripen!
3) Pruning! As tomato plants mature, you need to remove leaves so the plant can put its energy into ripening the fruit. You can learn more about this here.
And finally, if you‘re tired of waiting for them to turn red on the plant, you can pick them and place near ripe bananas. Ripe bananas give of ethylene gas which accelerated ripening of nearby fruit.