Growth Abnormalities

  • My tomatoes have grown tremendously tall and have many leaves, flowers and fruit. The fruit doesn’t seem to ripen even though the season is advanced, what’s wrong?

Tomatoes tend to typically grow vigorously with the application of nitrogen. Some master gardeners recommend adding additional phosphorus (Turboganic My Garden® should be sufficient for these needs), but the easiest solution is to simply prune away the top leaves and flowers after Labor Day, since they are not likely to be of benefit.  The fruit should ripen as a “survival” mechanism and still be a very high quality.