Early Girl is blushing!

ditnc(7 NC)May 31, 2009

She is turning pink! I have read here there is debate about when to pick tomato fruit, but any idea when I should pick her? I am so excited - she is my first tomato and I am a newbie to tomato growing!

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I have harvested many tomatoes this season already..NAR, 444, 589, 640, Celebrity, German Red Strawberry, Husky Red, Stupice, Prudens Purple, Black Krim...list goes on..

What I do pick them at the first sign of blushing and put into paper bags and poke holes in the bag...it helps ventilation and keeps a little of the ethylene gas in with them to help ripening. Some just put them on the counter..which is fine also.

Picking them at this stage assures that in the event of a freak rain storm that dumps loads of rain, they don't start cracking and splitting.

Happy Gardening.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 4:38PM
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opal52(z7b GA)

Your news gives me hope. My Early Girls are still green.

I usually pick tomatoes before they get deep ripe. Main reason... Mockingbirds. When I notice tomatoes ripening, I know I'm not the only one. Once tomatoes start turning, they will ripen off the vine. But, there's nothing like the taste of a tomato ripened to "perfection" on vine. Just my opinion.

Growing tomatoes is fun. Hope you get a big crop this year.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 4:38PM
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bdobs(8b or 9 SF Bay Area)

When did she go in the ground??

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 4:50PM
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ditnc(7 NC)

bdobs, she went in at the end of April, not sure of date, but after our last frost date which is April 15. She was a "mature" seedling that I bought from the garden store. She may have even had a bloom on her when I got her.

I think I will pluck her off of the plant tomorrow.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 7:36PM
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Looks nice...pick her off the plant tomorrow like you plan & let her ripen inside. =)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2009 at 12:13AM
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