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Jun 17, 2021 12:49 PM CST
I've searched the data base of q&A and it still is not clear to me as to whether these two terms (days to harvest versus days to maturity) are interchangeable. Most seedlings that I buy such as tomatoes show a 'days to harvest'. Is this from transplant or from sowing of seeds?
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Jun 17, 2021 2:41 PM CST
When it comes to tomato's, I have always thought that maturity in 70 days meant that 70 days after planting, expect your first ripe fruit.

So when I planted on May 15th say, I should expect a ripe fruit by July 24th.
16 days in May
30 days in June
24 days into July would be 70 days.
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Jun 17, 2021 3:37 PM CST
Days to maturity would be misleading as that number just tells you when the plant is old enough to bloom. Days to harvest is the number of days between when you plant out and can expect your first harvest. Of course, its all weather dependent.
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Jun 17, 2021 9:05 PM CST
DTM for tomatoes and peppers is generally from the time of transplant. Other things, such as radishes, show "days to harvest" from the time of planting seeds. Yes, it CAN be confusing!
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