Ripen Green Tomatoes Before The First Frost & Cold Weather

There are several methods to hasten the ripening process and ensure a bountiful harvest before the frost sets in.

When To Pick Tomatoes

Once you see the first blush of color on your tomato plants, pick them. Tomatoes don't need sunlight to ripen, but they do need heat.

Will Tomatoes Ripen In Cool Weather?

While tomatoes thrive in warmth, they can continue their ripening journey in temperatures around 65-75°F (18-24°C).

How To Ripen Green Tomatoes FAST

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1. Top Your Tomatoes

Topping tomatoes before the first frost is a smart move. It means snipping off the growing tip of the main stem.

2. Pinch New Flowers

Topping tomatoes before the first frost is a smart move. It means snipping off the growing tip of the main stem.

3. Prune Your Tomatoes

Prune 4-6 weeks before your first frost date. This diverts the energy into the fruit remaining on the vine and away from the leaves, stem, etc.

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