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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Green Envy tomatoes hint at turning yellow when ripe.

The trouble with green tomatoes

I gave some Green Envy tomato plants to my co-workers early in the season and last week I was asked, "How do you know when they are ripe?" My answer was I don't know.

Several of my tomato plants picked up a disease from the soil they were growing in so I assumed that the Green Envy plant I had was gone. I didn't have any experience from a Green Envy plant in my garden to go by.

The other day while watering the tomato plants that did survive this summer, I noticed that some green tomatoes were rotting. It was then that I realized that I had a Green Envy plant after all.

I have now learned that Green Envy tomatoes hint at turning yellow when ripe. My co-worker also noticed that they start to split.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)