Why are my tomatoes falling off before ripe?

Asked August 20, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

My tomatoes (an assortment of types, and with some in containers, some in a raised bed garden) are falling off before they are fully ripe -- it appears that the stem is breaking about 1/2 inch above the tomatoes. I can also see on the stems of those still hanging what appear to be bends in the stems about 1/2 inch from the tomatoes that are still hanging. What can I do?
Many thanks!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

I think you may have a combination of not enough sun and too much fruit. Pick some to ripen in the house or sunny window. I have a bumper crop this year all the rain has promoted lots of growth of the vines and some of it is pretty weak. The vines grew too fast and are thin, they also have been short on sun so they are spindly and thinner than they would be if there had been more sunny days.