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    Default Tomatoes turning brown and blotchy

    I have noticed a few of my larger tomatoes turning brown and blotchy instead of ripening properly. The smaller cherry-sized tomatoes are ripening nicely, but the bigger ones seem to be rotting on the vine! Is this a sign of blight???

    Some of the lower leaves of my tomato plants are also turning blotchy yellow and sometimes black. Do I have to pull off the leaves or leave them as they are?

    We're due for another week of rainy weather, oh nooooo... just when the tomatoes are *starting* to show signs of ripening!

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    Sounds like the dreaded B word! You might need to get rid of all the toms affected. Any fruits that are ok you can ripen indoors. Cherry toms don't seem as susceptible so you might get away with these.
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    Oo, sounds like blight to me too, but just to be sure, could you post some pictures before you remove all the infected parts ?

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    My digital camera has just given up the ghost, I'm afraid.

    I think it might be the dreaded B too. I was afraid of that. It has been REALLY damp - not sure if that makes it worse? Anyway I've removed the offending tomatoes. Not all of them are affected. I've got some green ones sitting on the windowsill but they are taking AGES to ripen. I've put a shop-bought red tomato next to them and still, nothing. How long does it take for green tomatoes to ripen off the vine? Do they ripen at all... or...?

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    They do ripe, it will be faster if it is warm and sunny. As for how long, it is really depending the growth stage of your tom fruit ( have a look at the growing technique that show step by step toms development to ripe ). Be patient, it will get there and when it does the other tom will get ripen very soon following the first one.

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    The same happened to me last year.

    I would suggest that you pick any tomatoes of any sizs and put them in a covered box with a ripe banana. The banana gves off ethylene gas which speeds up the ripening process. Keep an eye on them and remove any that look as if they are blighted.

    What is left you could turn into green tomato chutney.

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    Hi Veggiewomble, like the others I'd say it's blight & the wet weather has made it a lot worst everywhere this year. Your green toms should ripen but might take a while, you could try putting them in a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or ripe tom. & that might speed it up a bit. Don't put in any toms which have any small specks on them though as that is probably the beginning of blight & may spread to the others.
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    Same thing happen to my tomatoes this year veggiewomble.

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