Ontario Story: Ripening tomatoes

Tomatoes are climacteric, which means they will continue to ripen after they’ve been picked from the vine. This really matters to us in Ontario because the frost usually comes before at least a few of the tomatoes are done for the year.

When the season is coming to a close, speed tomatoes along. Cut back on watering to signal to tomatoes that it’s time to stop growing and start ripening. Pinch off any new flowers and remove lower foliage. Remove small tomatoes that have no hope of amounting to anything. Give the entire plant a gentle tug or twist, just enough to move the roots a little bit. This will get the plant to focus its energies on ripening fruit.

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