In autumn, tomato plants begin to slow down and any fruit they hold that hasn’t matured is unlikely to ripen on its own. Luckily, there is a simple way to quickly ripen tomatoes at home…
Late Maturing Tomato Plants
In an ideal world, you want your tomatoes to ripen naturally. That’s the whole point of growing your own right? Understandably, that isn’t always the case. To get the results you want, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands.
But before tackling how you can easily ripen your tomatoes, it’s worth figuring out how to prevent slow maturing plants and fruits in the first place:
Start Growing Early
This almost goes without saying but we feel it’s still important to stress. If you hope to harvest tomatoes at a specific time, try to start growing them as early as possible.
For example, tomatoes can be sown anywhere between February and April. If you’re wanting an August harvest, sow tomato seeds succinctly from early February to April. This way you give yourself the potential benefit of an extended growing period, allowing time for slow maturing fruits to ‘catch up’.
Focus on Plant Development
Make sure you put enough effort into feeding your plant enough to promote the development of fruit. We suggest using a premium quality tomato feed during the early stages of the plant’s life to boost its nutrient uptake and natural strength against diseases. This way, all the plant’s energy and focus will be on the producing plump and healthy tomatoes. rather than surviving.
How to Ripen Tomatoes
So, you started growing your plants at the right time.
Put plenty of time and effort into ensuring the plants were properly fed and watered to maintain development.
You’re even happy to see so many fruits forming on your tomatoes plant…
But, does it seems all your efforts will go to waste because your tomatoes won’t ripen before the first autumn frost kicks in?
It’s time to try this handy hack to get your tomatoes ripened in as little as 7 days!
The Paper Bag Method
We love this method because it’s simple and hassle-free.
What you will need:
- 1 Banana
- A handful of ready to ripen tomatoes (Less than 10)
- An eco-friendly paper bag
How to do it:
- Harvest-ready to ripen tomatoes. They should feel firm but bouncy on the surface and range from green to amber in colour.
- Place them in a paper bag with a ripe yellow banana
- Make sure the bag is slightly breathable but can be closed securely
- Keep the paper bag in a dry place, indoors or in a greenhouse at a temperature above 10°C
- After 24 and 72 hours, check the bag to see the progress. Your tomatoes might have completely ripened already. If not…
- Periodically check the bag to see the progress.
- Given a good 7 days, your tomatoes will be ripe and red-y to eat!
Check out our video tutorial:
How Banana Ethylene Gas Ripens Tomatoes
Ethylene is a gas commonly known as the ripening hormone among the gardening community. That’s because it’s notorious for its ability to change the appearance of certain fruits as they ripen, such as bananas.
Unfortunately, tomatoes are not among the fruits which benefit from producing this gas, however, they are most definitely affected by it.
When in proximity to this gas or fruit that produces this gas, green to amber tomatoes also experience the ripening effect of ethylene.