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Brendan Little on ripening green tomatoes

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Brendan Little Brendan Little | 09:16 UK time, Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Brendan Little, gardening expert for BBC Northern Ireland answers your questions about growing veg. Send Brendan a question.

Julia Hesketh from Bishop Auckland asks: My tomatoes are still green on the stems and there is no sign of ripening. Is this normal in September?

Answer: Hi Julia, your situation is not unusual. Right now I suggest that you remove all of the foliage including the growing tip from the plants using a sharp knife. This will prevent further fruit production as well as allowing more light reach the green tomatoes. You should also bring some ripe fruit into the glasshouse as the gasses given off by the fruit will speed up the ripening of your tomatoes. If this fails to do the trick there is always the chutney route. Good luck!


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