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Early Girl is blushing!

Posted by ditnc 7 NC (My Page) on
Sun, May 31, 09 at 14:06

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!

Here is a link that might be useful: Early Girl May 31

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RE: Early Girl is blushing!

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.

RE: Early Girl is blushing!

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 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.

RE: Early Girl is blushing!

  • Posted by bdobs 8b or 9 SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Sun, May 31, 09 at 16:50

When did she go in the ground??

RE: Early Girl is blushing!

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.

RE: Early Girl is blushing!

Looks nice...pick her off the plant tomorrow like you plan & let her ripen inside. =)

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