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Post  sfg4uKim on 7/29/2015, 6:58 pm

TOO HOT FOR TOMATOES?

Have your tomatoes stopped ripening?

A heat wave means …


  • tomato blossoms won’t open
  • pollen is destroyed
  • no new fruit will set until normal temperatures resume
  • leaves curl
  • plants concentrate on simply surviving

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Re: Mid-Atlantic - August 2015 - Too Hot For Tomatoes?

Post  sanderson on 7/30/2015, 3:46 am

Yep, describes my situation right now.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2015, 9:40 am

Ditto. I thought they had a disease, only to find out it is just a normal thing. I am not sure why I never noticed this in the traditional garden, probably because I didn't pay as close attention to the plants. And quite frankly, lby the time the doldrums of summer hit my old gardens, they were engulfed in weeds, or falling down, or just given up on!
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Post  MackerelSky on 7/30/2015, 10:04 am

We've only been in the mid to upper 80's the last few weeks but well above normal for us. We still don't even have a 'pink' tomato yet with some leaf curling but for the most part, the plants are looking good. Monday evening, I topped each branch to keep them from growing anymore and any suckers that didn't already have tom's on them. Might be a lot of fried/pickled green ones this year.
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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/30/2015, 12:47 pm

Thanks for the reminder about that site. I've always liked the articles there.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2015, 12:49 pm

@MackerelSky wrote:We've only been in the mid to upper 80's the last few weeks but well above normal for us. We still don't even have a 'pink' tomato yet with some leaf curling but for the most part, the plants are looking good. Monday evening, I topped each branch to keep them from growing anymore and any suckers that didn't already have tom's on them. Might be a lot of fried/pickled green ones this year.

Mackerel, are your tomatoes blooming? Only my rogue nameless cherry is here.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2015, 12:50 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:Thanks for the reminder about that site.  I've always liked the articles there.

What site, Marc?
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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/30/2015, 1:01 pm

Tomatodirt.com. It's linked to in the first post.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/30/2015, 2:01 pm

Thanks, missed it.
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Post  MackerelSky on 7/31/2015, 4:04 am

@Scorpio Rising wrote:
@MackerelSky wrote:We've only been in the mid to upper 80's the last few weeks but well above normal for us. We still don't even have a 'pink' tomato yet with some leaf curling but for the most part, the plants are looking good. Monday evening, I topped each branch to keep them from growing anymore and any suckers that didn't already have tom's on them. Might be a lot of fried/pickled green ones this year.

Mackerel, are your tomatoes blooming?  Only my rogue nameless cherry is here.
My lady planted five plants across the front of our house and four more down in the main garden. These by the house have the best chance of getting us some ripe ones as they won't be quite as easy of a target for frost in 6 or 7 weeks. The blossoms seem to be opening and doing ok, there just don't seem to be many of them. Still not sure if it's the heat now or the cold/damp spring we had.



But I guess a late tomato is better than no tomato?



And we have a few larger ones hiding out lower on the plants.



Just not the best year for tom's I guess but maybe I'll be surprised at the end of the season.

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Re: Mid-Atlantic - August 2015 - Too Hot For Tomatoes?

Post  sanderson on 7/31/2015, 5:13 am

MackerelSky, Your tomato leaves look so healthy! Shocked Wish mine looked like yours. Some folks have said they pick the green tomatoes if there is a threat of freeze and they continue to ripen indoors.

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Post  MackerelSky on 7/31/2015, 7:58 am

@sanderson wrote:MackerelSky,  Your tomato leaves look so healthy!  Shocked  Wish mine looked like yours.  Some folks have said they pick the green tomatoes if there is a threat of freeze and they continue to ripen indoors.

Yeah, when we get tired of covering after a couple of frosts and it looks like poor weather for any more development, we yank'm all, cover the island(30" x 60") in the kitchen with cardboard and place all the green tom's stem up so they are not touching each other. Takes 10 to 15 days for them to ripen as best they can. We find that cutting the tom off about a half inch up the stem, leaving that little nub is crucial for development off of the vine. It's an adventure every year...especially with cats..

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Post  CapeCoddess on 7/31/2015, 4:13 pm

Lookin' good, Mackeral! I see lots of flowers. How's your heat sitch today?
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Post  MackerelSky on 7/31/2015, 6:17 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Lookin' good, Mackeral!  I see lots of flowers.  How's your heat sitch today?
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Sorry CC, I had to look up sitch and I don't understand Embarassed
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/31/2015, 9:42 pm

@MackerelSky wrote:
@CapeCoddess wrote:Lookin' good, Mackeral!  I see lots of flowers.  How's your heat sitch today?
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Re: Mid-Atlantic - August 2015 - Too Hot For Tomatoes?

Post  Marc Iverson on 8/1/2015, 1:21 am

Natch!
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Post  MackerelSky on 8/1/2015, 4:11 am

Thanks Guys, should have got that one.

Upper 70's, low humidity thru the weekend. Embarrassingly pleasant compared to a lot of folks.

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Post  sanderson on 8/1/2015, 4:32 am

Could have been heat stitch!

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Hahaha
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