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Tomato Growing Advice Needed!

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ddelicious Jul 28, 2009 07:34 AM

This is my first year growing tomatoes, and it looks like we are going to have a huge crop. The problem is we are having a very VERY wet summer, and none of the tomatoes have ripened so far, even though they appear to be fully grown. So, I am wondering will they ripen eventually? Should I pick some and put on a window sill or something? We have both cherry and big ones.

And I am also curious about my cucumber plant, it is growning really well and has lots and lots of yellow flowers, but no cucumber! Is this normal?

Thanks for any advice!

  1. Uncle Bob Jul 28, 2009 07:40 AM

    Be patient ....they'll ripen on the vine. Then a couple of green ones for fried green tomatoes would be good in the mean time........

    1. Sooeygun Jul 28, 2009 07:59 AM

      From your posting history, you are in Ontario? Same here. I have tons of tomatoes on my plants (plus more flowers) and none are red yet. Just be patient. We need some good hot summer weather and the tomatoes will start to ripen. Everything is late this year due to the weather.

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        ddelicious Jul 28, 2009 08:47 AM

        Yes, Ontario. ok, I'll be patient. The vines are so heavy they are pulling over the stakes.

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        Eldon Kreider Jul 28, 2009 10:49 AM

        Cucurbits, especially cucumbers, normally start producing lots of male flowers before the first female blossoms appear. You can tell the female blossoms by the tiny cucumber that shows as a stem between the vine and the flower bud.

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          ddelicious Jul 28, 2009 10:57 AM

          hmmm. I'll have a closer look, but everything else in the veggie patch has fully grown fruit on it by now, and the cucumber appears to have just flowers. Is it usually a late bloomer?

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            Eldon Kreider Jul 28, 2009 02:58 PM

            It depends on the variety, but many cukes start producing about the same time early tomatoes ripen. Cold, wet summers slow things down. That pattern seems to happening across North America from eastern Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri through New England and the Middle Atlantic states and would include a good bit of Ontario.

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          PAO Jul 30, 2009 11:05 AM

          At some point, on the tomatoes, you need to stop watering. This stresses the plants and forces them to ripen. In the Pacific NW, I stop watering in mid-August. Hopefully it will stop raining where you are. We typically don't get tomatoes until August and sometimes September.

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            itryalot Jul 30, 2009 01:51 PM

            I have left them in until Cdn thanksgiving some years. It's amazing what those hot spells will produce even into fall.

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