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Half ripe tomatoes

Posted by puzzlefan 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 23, 11 at 11:21

I have read a lot about green shoulders on tomatoes but not finding anything on why the tops/interior stay hard and green. I can eat about half to one third of each tomato I pick even though they are very read in appearance. As usual in northern MI, we get very little rain and I am dependent upon constant watering. It has also been an extremely hot July. Would the lack of rain and heat cause this?

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RE: Half ripe tomatoes

Yes, just as with green shoulders high heat causes uneven ripening. Not much you can do about it but provide some shade if possible.


RE: Half ripe tomatoes

I've got some extreme green shoulders on some of mine too. My best solution is to let them ripen as long as possible before eating. I picked some Rutgers with almost the whole top half still green while the bottom was red. I let them sit on the counter for a week after picking and they continued to redden, so by the time I ate them only the top 1/4 was green.

RE: Half ripe tomatoes

Re. what edweather said, I think I've read that picking them early (as soon as the color breaks) lessens the irregular-ripening problem.

RE: Half ripe tomatoes

Since tomatoes grow in Texas where I suspect it gets very hot, the couple of weeks of hot weather here shouldn't have impacted them. Now we have cool nights (48-50F) so I suppose getting them ripe will be almost impossible.

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