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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 9/22/2010, 9:51 pm

My two tomato bushes both have a good number of small, green tomatoes left on them, but the fruits don't seem to be growing anymore. Two have ripened while staying hard and small. Is there any way to boost those last tomatoes into maturity?

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 9/22/2010, 10:42 pm

you cannot boost them into maturity while on the plant. but if you pick them---you can make them turn red faster by putting them in a bowl with a few apples and cover with a paper towel. Apples will make them ripen faster.
hard tomatoes makes me think that your fruit is exposed to the sun- which will harden the fruit ---cause sun scold spots which are yellow to orange and also hard spots.
If the fruit were just ripening during hot weather and no exposure to the direct sun then they would just be extra watery inside.
Are your plants healthy? Do you have more growing season left to grow the plants longer?

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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 9/22/2010, 10:59 pm

The plants are healthy; one of them recovered fantastically from a horn worm attack, and they both look good. The tomatoes are too small to pick and ripen off the vine. With luck, there are about 3-6 weeks before our first frost... Georgia winters are unpredictable, but usually we get our first frost in late October.

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