Can green tomatoes still ripen when the temperatures drop to the 40s

Asked September 22, 2017, 10:09 AM EDT

Hi there, I still have many green tomatoes on my tomato plants and am wondering if I should pull the plants today and hang them to ripen since the temperatures will be fluctuating and dropping into the 40s and high 30s over the next few days. Thank you for your suggestions and advice!

Arapahoe County Colorado fruits and vegetables

1 Response

Hello,

At this point your tomatoes aren't likely to do much outside. You would probably have better luck with bringing them inside and controlling the ripening of what you have, discarding any undesirable ones. You can either hang them in a protected area like your garage or place them individually in a box to ripen. See links below for useful information:

http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/vegetables/1817-tomatoes-home-gardens/

http://planttalk.colostate.edu/topics/vegetables/1831-ripening-tomatoes-indoors/