have three very healthy tomato plants but unfortunately the tomatoes
are not ripening. They are self-grown; we didn't realise they were
there until late December. Is there some way of getting them to
ripen? They get the late afternoon sun. I have heard that you can
hang them up by the vine. Does it really work?
this time of year there is insufficient sunshine hours and heat
for your fruit to ripen. Pick the fruit and place it on a warm,
sunny windowsill to ripen. Direct sun will scorch the fruit. The
whole plant can be lifted and hung up to ripen on the vine. Once
again a warm, sunny spot will be required.
Have you considered finding
a recipe for green tomato chutney or relish? It is delicious and
a great way to use unripened fruit at the end of the season.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
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