Growing Tomatoes- Help!
I'm trying to grow tomatoes and I just can't get them to ripen. Fruits appear, but stay green forever. I understand heat prevents ripening- anyone have any tips or strains that work particularly well here?
I've used search and can't find what I'm looking for.
I think you're just not buying the right kinds of seeds. You need to pick a variety which has some chance of doing well in the tropics - cherry and grape being the easiest. A couple of years ago I bought seeds from gourmetseeds.com and all of them grew beautifully - particularly a hybrid which produced almost purple tomatoes which were the most incredible I've ever tasted. BUT, for all the work that went into carefully cultivating them, moving them around out of direct midday sun and protecting them from the inevitable pests which hone in on them, it really wasn't worth the effort for just two or three tomatoes on each bush.
I always had much better success with cherry toms as they are a tropical fruit.
You might find this helpful as it addresses air and soil temperature:
I have friends that built a tomato house. It's a bout 8 ft. tall and is fenced on 4 sides and top with chicken wire, they use a shade clothe for top. The chicken wire enclosure keeps the thrushies and iguanas at bay. They grow them in very large planters and have about 20 plants of different varieties going at a time and get lots of tomatoes. This is a lot of work but their tomatoes, which I have been fortunate to share, from time to time, are awesome.