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Old 09-06-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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Tomato Expert Needed

You will see by the photo below that I have some tomatoes that suddenly stopped growing and just remained green. (the two on the right of the red ones) Would anyone know the cause of this. I used Miracle Gro Premium potting mix which has fertilizer, watered regularly.
This has me stumped.


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Old 09-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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Colder weather?
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:38 PM   #3
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I think I agree about the cold weather.
They look like my late October tomato plants.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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Hmm. Leave the unripe toms on the vine until they start to color, even a bit. Pick the ones that are red, or even pink, they will continue to ripen when brought inside. It may be due to cold, or even very hot, weather. Might be sun scald. Or spider mites? Do you see any webbing?

They do look somewhat frostbitten.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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Those tomatoes look like they are in a pot. How about bringing them in at night?
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:08 PM   #6
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I grow some of my toms in a huge pot, no way I could bring them in without a hand truck, but Taxy brings up another point. Is the pot too small?
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #7
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The unripe ones are at the end of the vine. Pick the ripe ones and allow the nutrients to reach the green ones. Also, it looks like you are high up and close to the water. Cold winds coming in off the water could be one problem. Can you protect them at night from the cold? Place a large garbage bag over the plant. Remove in the morning so they can get the full sun.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:23 PM   #8
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There you go, Addie! Just make sure you remove the bag before the sun hits, otherwise they may become sauce. I think this year's tom plants are a wash, Rocket, good idea for next year.

Smoke or pollution might also be a factor.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:36 PM   #9
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Oh heck! All of the above. Try them all. One of them is bound to work.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:42 PM   #10
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Our weather here has been very erratic. Sweltering hot a week ago, then three days later we needed sweats and my house heat came on. Insane. And my tomatoes reflect it, just as yours seem to. Just when I think I'll not see another ripe one, the next week the plants (they are in the ground, NW IL) are so full I have to gear up my sauce making because all of a sudden, I have lots of ripe ones. Everyone I know in this area (NW IL, SW WI, and NE IA) have had the same thing you describe and show in your photo. I agree with pick all that are red, care for it, and I'll bet you have more in your future.
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