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Charles_Dimmock
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Tomatoes to Ripen Reply with quote

At this stage in the year is it wise to try and force my tomatoes to ripen with a banana in the soil?

They've stayed green for weeks now and don't show signs of changing to red & i'm worried about the lack of sun at this stage.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to hasten ripening withdraw water supplies and stop feeding. The flavour will be better however if you allow the fruit to develop naturally and ripen naturally after it has grown full size. I have heard of putting bananas in a box with unripened tomatoes but never heard of putting a banana in the soil, always learning.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dad said to put a banana under the plant because when it starts to decay the gasses emitted help to ripen the tomatoes.

One of my plants is still developing tomatoes on the vine and flowering so I don't want to stop watering otherwise i'll hinder there development.

Would a good clean up of leaves help? Just to encourage energy direct to the fruit rather than developing leaves. Might also help sunlight get at the fruit. Just an idea, what you think Michael?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the leaves play an important role in the ripening of the fruit and while direct sunlight is good for fruit the flavour may suffer with earlier ripening. Colour is only one aspect of ripeness, texture and flavour are others.
By all means reduce the number of leaves if there are a number of them turning yellow as they are no longer functioning to full capacity.
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