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Posted on 19 August 2008 by

Yellow Shoulders on Tomatoes

By Michelle Fabio

Do your tomatoes have yellow or green shoulders?

That is, when the tops simply refuse to ripen to a glorious red color and instead stay yellow or green?

Bill Lamont, a professor and extension vegetable specialist with Penn State University’s Department of Horticulture, says that if your tomatoes have yellow shoulders, intense heat or light has probably prevented lycopene production, and there are several things you can do to help your tomatoes get red shoulders next time around.

What can you do to avoid yellow shoulders? Lamont suggests the following:

(1) Select varieties of tomatoes that are Read the rest of this entry »


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