Is there a name for tomatoes that fall off before ripening?

Sluginator(10b)August 19, 2014

You know how you go out to pick some tomatoes and there are already some on the ground? Often they are ripe, but sometimes they are not.

You have to pick them up and bring them in or otherwise you are just feeding the slugs. Then your partner asks you why you are picking unripe tomatoes.

I have been calling these tomatoes bycatch, after what fishermen call it when they catch things that they were not fishing for.

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PupillaCharites(FL 9a)

Bycatch sounds like a colorful name for that problem that is usually related to heat/dry stress. "Dropped tomatoes" is probably what other tomato aficionados would understand best, but I don't think the name is official ;-).

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:29AM
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dodge59

if they drop ripe, we call them "Ploppers", if they drop unripe, we call them "Droppers"!

Who is "We", I haven't the "faintest idea"!!!

Gary

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:59PM
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Sluginator(10b)

Good one, Gary!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 8:07PM
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goodground(z6 NJ)

I picked up 3 unripe so far and put them in a jar with vinegar so I call mine "picklers".

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:06PM
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john11840(z6/CT)

Could it be deer? That's my problem. Sometimes they will pick them off the vine without leaving any teeth marks. Check if you have some that are partially eaten.
John A

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 11:51AM
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Sluginator(10b)

No deer. I am in a city. I have a lot of rugrats running around, though.

These are a roma-sized tomato, called Juliet. They really want to fall of the vine. If I so much as brush past a cluster off tomatoes while reaching for a ripe one, they will fall off the vine.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:49PM
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