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July 21st, 2010, 10:00 PM
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I ended up losing my zuchini plants. I am pretty sure I am losing my pumpkins too. I was able to not only save my cukes, but I got another bunch off the plants today!

My question is about my tomatoes. What might cause tomatoes to grow, but not ripen? I have TONS of tomatoes on the vines but they grow big and then they start rotting or are getting eaten by bugs. Nothing is getting ripe! What's up?

For the record, I have Roma, Early Girls, Beefmasters and Patio plants.
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July 22nd, 2010, 02:14 PM
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I found this on the subject:

Tomatoes Not Ripening?

Looks like extreme weather could be the culprit. The only thing I do t get is that our summers here are typically hot but we usually get tomatoes.
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July 22nd, 2010, 09:24 PM
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well, it does kind of make since. We have had some EXTREME heat this year. It's been in the 90's with heat indexes over 100 for like a week and a half or two weeks. I thought they would be ripening soon like two weeks ago. They do look like the "mature green" that the article mentioned. I guess I will try to wait it out just a bit longer.
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July 23rd, 2010, 07:21 PM
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Also it usually cools down to the 60s at night here with a breeze so reall nice. Although our days can be in the 100s I guess that could effect the plants too. I'm assuming you guys aren't getting much relief.
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July 23rd, 2010, 07:53 PM
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Nope. It's 9:00 right now and it's still 90 with a heat index of 103. It's insane. It was still like 97 at midnight last night. This is not normal either. some heat. Some really hot days, but not days and nights for this long like this.

ETA: I did find some today that had a slight yellow/orange hint to them. I went ahead and pulled them off the vine and brought them in. Hopefully bringing them inside helps. If they have more color to them in a day or two I will do the same with some more of the ones that look mature. Hopefully it works!
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July 24th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Wow, it's been very hot and humid here lately but nothing like you guys are experiencing. I hope you get some relief soon!

Hopefully bringing the tomatoes inside in a dark cool place will help them rippen so you can save some of them before they rot.
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July 24th, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Our tomatoes are doing the same thing. This was our first year gardening and all these storms we've gotten have destroyed our garden. DH started cutting it down last night. We have our tomato plants left, but there's only a few on there that's good. They've actually gotten too much sun (the garden that is) so we're moving it to a different location next year.
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