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My tomatoes and peppers refuse to turn red. I have had large tomatoes on the plants for weeks and weeks now staying the same size but not turning. Same with my peppers. Now the growing season here is coming to an end really fast. You can feel fall in the air and our fall here is just a quick stop until it is full on winter.

 

Is there something I can do to get them to hurry on? Or am I doomed with tons of green tomatoes and peppers. Side note when I am referring to the pepper I mean hot ones like cayenne. Can I even use them green? My plan was to dry them and make cayenne pepper once they turned but they are refusing to do so.

 

Thank you for any help.

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I don't know if this works, but I've heard if you take a shovel and cut the roots on one side of the plant, then the fruit will begin to ripen. You might try this with a plant your don't care as much about first.

 

For the peppers you can eat them green.

 

For the tomatoes, if they are the least bit red, you can pick them and let them ripen on your counter.

 

Picking the green pepper and tomatoes with a little red, will also make the plant want to produce ripe fruit.

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You may have bought a variety that is what we call late season. Do you know what your variety is? I pick all our green ones right before the first frost. I store them on counter near a window to ripen. Did you by any chance get green peppers? If you did, they can take forever to turn. Just chop the green ones up and put in the freezer.

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For the tomatoes, pull up the whole plant by the root and hang it upside down in a dark room. They'll ripen in a week or two and still have the vine ripened flavor.

 

If the first freeze isn't upon you yet, pinch off any flowers and pull off the smallest tomatoes. This forces the remaining tomatoes to ripen quickly. Root pruning sometimes works, but sometimes the whole plant keels over and you end up with nothing.

 

I'm in WA and we had a much hotter summer than usual, I don't know if that's the case where you are. Tomatoes and peppers often stop ripening on the plant when temperatures are above 85 -90 F. Once daytime temperatures drop below that, tomatoes usually start to ripen within a week or two but peppers can take a month to turn fully red.

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