Over watering Tomatoes

frdnicholas(Albuquerque NM)June 11, 2014

I know over watering tomatoes can cause problems. I was wondering if, in addition to the other issues caused by this, does over watering slow the ripening process for tomatoes? My tomatoes have been green for weeks, and we've been having temperatures in the high 90s. The plants look very healthy with green growth and flowers. I haven't added too much nitrogen, just some compost around the base of the plants which has been watered in pretty well. I know pictures would help but I don't own a cell phone or camera. Any thoughts about over watering slowing the ripening process? Or do I just need more patience?

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sandpapertongue(7a VA)

Have you seen the tomatosite timeline with pictures?

Tomato was basically full size on day 26 and it didn't change color until day 52. For 18 days it looked exactly the same size, same shade of unripe green.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tomatosite tress timeline

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:06PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

In your climate, plants may need some temporary shade.

Cehck with the folks at your County's Extension Service office. They'll know.

Use this map

Here is a link that might be useful: locate your County's Extension Service office

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:38PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

Over-watering will dilute the flavor of your tomatoes, though that shouldn't be a problem if the over-watering happens while the fruit are still green.

You can pick the fruit as soon as the color "breaks" (the second stage shown on the charts). Charts of the color development stages of red/pink varieties:

Old version:

Newer version:

It's advantageous to pick the fruit soon after color break. For one thing, heavy rains (or manual over-watering) can't affect them (a good thing, as too much water at that stage results in split fruit). Another advantage is that your ripening fruit are safe on your kitchen counter where the bugs, birds, and hungry mammals can't eat/steal/wreck them.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 12:44PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Or do I just need more patience?<?i>

9 times out of 10 - yes. :)


    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 2:31PM
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