Cherry Tomatoes

Tomato Trouble


Anonymous added on July 26, 2011 | Answered

My tomatoes are hard and somewhat green inside this season. No sweet, juicy wonderful tomatoes. Not sure what the problem is? I can usually take them off the vine half ripe and within a couple days have perfectly ripe, delicious tomatoes to eat. Why do they look like Hot House tomatoes instead? I live in MI and the weather has been weird. Is that the problem? My smaller cherry tomatoes are fine, but my Beefsteak and Better Boys are both hard and don't seem to be totally ripe on the insides. Any insight to my problem? I was excited to not deal with blossom end rot this year, but I have inedible tomatoes instead (well, they aren't very tasty, anyway!).


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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on July 27, 2011

The weather could very well be the problem. When temps are above 85 F, tomatoes slow ripening. When temps are 95 F or higher, tomatoes can stop ripening all together. Many parts of the country are experiencing high heat, and if you are as well, this could cause the tomatoes to either ripen unevenly or stop ripening all together. It should correct itself when the temps come down.

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