When can I start snipping new blossoms?
Like a lot of people, I don't really believe in pruning foliage since photosynthesis is an important part of making fruit.
However, it seems reasonable to me to not let the plants set fruits for longer than they can actually ripen them. I don't like to use unripe tomatoes for anything, and I don't really want to end up with bags full of runty green fruit at the end of the season. Surely the plant could put the energy it uses for setting fruit and growing some of them to make the other ones grow better and ripen sooner? Am I wrong about this?
In Seattle where I am, tomato plants can sometimes live into mid October or later even, but let's assume that the growing season is over at the end of September. I have some big green fruits and the first one (on Sophie's Choice) will probably be ripe enough to pick tomorrow. At what point should I assume any new fruit is not going to ripen by the end of my growing season, and start clipping new blossoms?
I have some sophies choice (dwarf or determinate habit), and a bunch of different indeterminates including Big Beef, Kosovo, Black Cherokee, Indian Stripe, Malachite Box, etc. etc. Any idea about how to handle this would be appreciated!