Sometimes those green tomatoes look as if they’ll never ripen!
Here are a few tips to help them along …
- Remove all leaf branches below the first truss
- Pinch out the main growing tip above four trusses for tomatoes growing outdoors and six trusses for the toms in the greenhouse.
- Make sure that all side shoots are removed – there’s often a crafty one around the back!
- Sometimes trusses sprout an extra shoot at the end – a sort of extension with leaves. This extension is best removed.
- Foliar feeding is the quickest and most effective way to get nutrients into a tomato plant. Check that your brand of tomato food is OK for foliar spraying because some makes may damage leaves.
If you’ve done the above, all you can do is keep feeding (as instructed by the directions on the box) and hope that the sun shines – that helps speed up ripening too.
Side shoots aren’t normally removed from bush varieties, but if your season ends September/October as in the UK, you may think about removing some of the less developed flow buds if you’ve plenty of tomatoes growing already.
This will speed up the ripening process as plants will have less jobs to do and focus on getting those green toms ripe!
Feeding regularly is also important of course.
Tidying Up Plant Leaves
For those of us with plants that have been growing for several months, it’s safe to say that some of the leaves, especially the lower ones, will look a bit dodgy.
Before becoming too concerned about whether it is the result of a disease, remove poor looking leaves and if necessary leaf branches too. If there is no further sign of the same leaf problem, there is no need for treatment.
keeping the air circulating around the stem at soil level, is a good way to keep plants healthy and prevent fungal diseases and an infestation of bugs etc.
Tomato Taste – Is it really in bad taste?
One comment I had last week suggested that frying home-grown tomatoes was a taboo – they’re too good to be used in that way!
This reminded me to mention that it is better not to keep tomatoes in the fridge – it degrades their flavour and they don’t really last longer than at a cool room temperature.
I must admit that I do love fried tomatoes with egg and bacon, and warming tomatoes brings out their flavour – someone suggested tomatoes on toast – what a good idea!
Here’s a picture of a tray of tomatoes that I keep in the kitchen right now. By this evening quite a few will be eaten but I’ll probably pick another fifty or so today to replace them.
I have well over fifty plants so it’s easy to have a constant supply but not all varieties have been successful this season.
The delay in flower/set (probably due in part to the late arrival of bees etc.) has meant that some plants are well behind schedule and some have produced ripe tomatoes smaller that their expected size.
However, growing a lot of plants and varieties helps to ensure a good crop because at least some will be successful. I always have enough for family and the neighbours – I need to keep them sweet!
Best wishes and I hope you’re tomatoes are ripening nicely!