Heirloom tomato putting off lots of fruit that doesn't ripen.
By - SF_gummybear
When it's very hot out, it can take FOREVER for tomatoes to ripen. They basically aren't making the chemicals they need to ripen when it's too hot: https://www.purdue.edu/hla/sites/yardandgarden/tomatoes-not-ripening/
Very helpful, it has been unseasonably hot!
Looks like an heirloom variety...notoriously longer to fruit/ripen.
I didn't know that! Previous attempts at heirlooms didn't produce fruit, just a giant bush.
These look dark enough that you could pick them and let them [ripen in the kitchen](https://www.thekitchn.com/ripen-a-tomato-without-ruining-it-260372) (just learned about this today).
Thank you, I'll try that with the oldest one.
LMAO...they like to do that
Tomatoes take forever to ripen in general.
Not an heirloom. That’s a Brad agates variety. Supposed to be purplish but also should get some red.
Thanks, someone else mentioned that as well. The local nursery advertised them as an heirloom variety and I never thought to research it beyond that. Lesson learned.
What’s the variety? The one in the top left is looking pretty good if it’s meant to be purple and yellow
No heirloom but open pollinated species.
Your bush is looking really stressed and under watered. That can definitely be a cause.
Agreed and I'm a bit concerned. It had been over 105° for a few days previously and the plant got stressed. I've been watering it quite a bit but I'll add more than I've been giving it to see if it perks up.
If you can put some mulch or pine straw down it will help maintain the moister in the soil.
Awesome idea and cost effective. I'll do that on Saturday. I'm in California (9b) so anything I can do to save water is a good idea.
Absolutely! I’m in Louisiana so really hot down here also. It really helps.
Is there any advantage of one material over another based on your experience?
Not that I’ve noticed. I would get whatever you can get for free or cheap. We have pine trees everywhere here so I can get pine straw for free. Tree cutting companies also mulch a lot of the trees they cut down. They will often times give you some for free or at a very low cost. That’s another option.
I'll call around. Thanks for the advice. There are some flowers I planted in another corner of the yard that would likely benefit from the same thing.
Hey I’m in California 9b as well and it’s been crazy hot here! I learned last year that putting up a 40 or 50% shade cloth over my tomatoes and peppers makes a big difference in their ability to continue to produce and ripen fruit.
Also when it gets super hot I pull the tomatoes that have started to blush (but aren’t fully ripe yet) and let them ripen in my kitchen so the plants don’t have to sacrifice any more energy trying to ripen them.
All of this combined with hand pollination (with a kids electric toothbrush) has more than tripled my tomato production.
That's really helpful. Thank you!
Edit: I'm not sure why someone keeps down voting comments (including yours). I guess that's just Reddit.
Heirloom tomatoes are worth the wait
Interesting. what variety is that? Different tomatoes produce at different rates.
Cosmic eclipse. They seem to be purple and green mostly. Not sure what they'll be when ripe.
I decided to look them up and they should get a more rusty reddish colour in place of the green and yellow, so hopefully the one on the left will ripen soon.
Thanks, I was just doing the same! They're a very pretty variety.
Heirlooms take a lot longer, but taste so much better
Looks a lot like Japanese black trifle. If your growing a non red tomato, ripeness is best determined by touch, firm with some give.
Thanks, these are very firm. I keep touching them because I really want them to be ripe. Lol
They look dry. I’d give them a good soaking.
Will do. We're between 100°+ heat waves. The last one really took a toll. I'm looking at shade cloth to see what I can do to help it out during the next spike in temp.
You can try mulching them to hold the moisture in, too. But when we had that heat last week, I was watering every day because they were wilting.
Thanks, I will. They really suffered during the last little heat wave. Everything did except the chives and the basil.
My mint was like “ha, is that all you got?”, and then did that Keanu bring it on hand motion from the matrix.
Right? It's a tiny garden. Seven plants total. First attempt outside of containers.
I’m in the same phase! Good luck, fellow noob!
So much to learn, but so far so good. Good luck to you, too!
I read "tomato" in the title and still thought they were round eggplants. Let us know how they taste when you harvest!
Good to know. They were advertised as an heirloom.