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Tomatoes turning red to soon

What causes tomatoes to begin turning before they reach their normal size? Summer heat, watering amount, or do some just do that? Our plants have a good number of green ones, but a better boy is turning red now and it's only a little larger than a golf ball.
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Re: Tomatoes turning red to soon

Inconsistent watering or a stressed plant is the usual reason for small tomatoes ripening early.

Do they have Blossom End Rot? That can make them hurry it up, too.
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Re: Tomatoes turning red to soon

A few plants have had BER, but not many. I'm going to start watering more often during hot, dry weather from now on. Just been afraid to over do it because I feared blight (hot and moist soil). My plants are on rows so they wouldn't ever sit in water, plus garden is on top of a hill.
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Re: Tomatoes turning red to soon

Sometimes it's sucking insects that triggers them.

It's another matter altogether if they are in containers (too small), but you said raised rows.
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Re: Tomatoes turning red to soon

I have noticed the suckers are out and they are leaving their marks.... :evil:

If you can manage, stop by one of the big box stores (or look online for cheap deals) and pick up some drip hoses. I prefer them to watering with a nozzle or sprayer because they prevent splash up of soil onto the plants, which is a more notorious cause of fungal diseases. Watering in and of itself doesn't cause blight. :()
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You can make your own drip hose out of an old lawn hose. Just use a nail to make holes in it. Make small holes, unless your water pressure is really good or you won't get a lot of water out at the far end. Don't make too many holes too close. and use an antisiphon device ( drip irrigation part) to protect your water supply. Use a hose cap or clamp to seal the other end.
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