Hello there again, I am quickly checking in on this lovely Friday to bring you a quick update on my tomatoes, to ask for some much needed help or advice!
So let me explain. I didn't really mention it too much here, but at the beginning of July I went home to Ohio for a wedding and little NY trip with my boyfriend. I was gone for a total of 10 days, and during that time I left my precious tomato plants in the hands of He Who Shall Remain Unnamed. (Not to be confused with He Who Shall Not Be Named. This is not Hogwarts people. If it was, maybe someone could cast a magical spell and resurrect my tomatoes. But I digress...)
I am not choosing not to name names because I may have some less than kind words to say about the way this particular individual took care of, or rather, did not take care of my plants. When I left for vacation, my plants were thriving against all odds. (Check them out here, they were lovely.) They had beautiful green, bushy leaves, and green tomatoes, both small and large, were growing profusely. The plants still had plenty of shriveled flowers which would soon sprout new fruits, and I was sure that by the time I returned from Ohio I would be in good shape for a big harvest. At this point the only threat to my plants were a few renegade caterpillars that were determined to make a meal out of all the leaves.
Fast forward to the end of the vacation, and my return to San Diego after 10 blissful days away. I came home to find drooping and dead leaves. Brown stems. Flowers that had still not produced fruit. Tomatoes that were still green, and worst, were somehow shriveled-looking, like an alien raisin. I wanted to just cry, and I actually might have, just a little bit. In between uttering a stream of profanities of course.
Because really, those tomatoes had been like my babies. As I told you before, I magically grew them from seed at least 4 months before, and I had been lovingly tending to them ever since. Unfortunately, He Who Shall Remain Unnamed didn't really care about my plants at all; apparently trusting a well-educated adult to look after a few tomatoes was an unwise decision. As Brian from A Thought For Food said, "Tomatoes and friends just don't mix."
So as of now, some of the tomatoes are ripening, and others are just remaining green. But, they are ALL small, the largest one being about 2 1/2-3 inches in diameter and most just about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. A few of them that were shriveled have become more healthy and smooth, but for the most part they just have not grown. I think the lack of ample water just sent them into a shock from which they could not recover...
So my questions for you, my readers: Is there any hope for these tomatoes? Can they be saved or coaxed into growing just a little bit more? And if not, what should I do with all these tiny red and green tomatoes??? Any and all advice would be GREATLY appreciated! Thank you in advance for all your help!!!