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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Apr 20, 2017 7:47 PM CST
Hi ,
Can someone tell what is best time to harvest Tomatoes?
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robertduval14
Apr 20, 2017 7:51 PM CST

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Hello Prabhi!

I find the best time to harvest tomatoes is when they have just about finished turning red. It's quite ok to take them off the plant a bit sooner than that as well, as they will happily finish ripening while sitting on your kitchen counter as well.

I hope this helps! Happy gardening!
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Just before you are going to eat them!
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smokingdonkey
Apr 25, 2017 7:18 AM CST
Hi,
Well it all depends on what you want to do with your tomatoes,
ie i now live here in france and we eat a lot of fresh salads and chutney is a must for our salads and so both green chutney i use lots of the green tomatoes and the fully grown red tomatoes are again just perfect for those fruity tasting red tomatoe chutney,

"But" have you tried the russian black tomatoes yet?
For those who have not tried them they are infact a very dark red "nearly black" and the taste is sweet tasting but very nice raw or cooked, try them im sure you'll like them,
these make nice chutney or jams (jelly)
Just grow them the same way as your normal red toms no special treatment needed.
Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
Apr 25, 2017 1:22 PM CST
smokingdonkey said:Hi,
Well it all depends on what you want to do with your tomatoes,
ie i now live here in france and we eat a lot of fresh salads and chutney is a must for our salads and so both green chutney i use lots of the green tomatoes and the fully grown red tomatoes are again just perfect for those fruity tasting red tomatoe chutney,

"But" have you tried the russian black tomatoes yet?
For those who have not tried them they are infact a very dark red "nearly black" and the taste is sweet tasting but very nice raw or cooked, try them im sure you'll like them,
these make nice chutney or jams (jelly)
Just grow them the same way as your normal red toms no special treatment needed.

Thank you, we will try to get Black trim Tomatoes
Prabhi S.
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 25, 2017 1:34 PM CST
Prabhi, I think the variety is Black Krim. A local seed supplier here in Florida sells them:
www.tomatogrowers.com

It is an heirloom variety so I find it hard to grow them here in Florida though. I need the greater disease resistance offered by the newer hybrid varieties.

As far as when to pick your tomatoes, they will have the best flavor if you wait until they are all red and soft to the touch.
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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
May 6, 2017 2:59 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Prabhi, I think the variety is Black Krim. A local seed supplier here in Florida sells them:
www.tomatogrowers.com

It is an heirloom variety so I find it hard to grow them here in Florida though. I need the greater disease resistance offered by the newer hybrid varieties.

As far as when to pick your tomatoes, they will have the best flavor if you wait until they are all red and soft to the touch.

Hi Guys,
Grew the Tomatoes in pure goat manure first time in my life, except for the for leaf curling no issues with plants Have 5 plants picked about 40 medium sized fruits, I love the yield have learned a lot about growing Tomatoes.
Prabhi S




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smokingdonkey
May 6, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Hi
can i just say something ref tomatoe and the leaves, the leaves are to protect the tomatoe and if you remove the leaves the water wont effect the leaves and if you use the tunnel method rain wont touch the fruit and so you'll not get any markings on the tom's skin,
Water and feed the compost only not the tomatoe,
Also to get really good root system when you re-pot from the first small pot to the next size pot cover the stem all the way up to the common leaves this will give a very strong root system and better stronger and larger tomatoes.
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dyzzypyxxy
May 6, 2017 5:12 PM CST
I'm not understanding what you're saying about removing the leaves? Leaves are the solar collectors for the plant and are necessary to nourish the plant as well as to make sugar that goes into the fruit. If you take off leaves, you have a weaker plant and less flavorful fruit. Even leaves with a little fungal activity on them still help to collect sunlight and strengthen the plant.

Having no marks on a tomato's skin is only important if you are selling your fruit at market. Growing tomatoes for your own use, the important factor is flavor. For the most flavor, you want a plant with as many green leaves as possible. The only leaves you should remove are dead ones, jmho.
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Name: Prabhi Setty
Trinidad West-Indies
prabhisetty
May 7, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Hi Guys,
Today I have planted 7 Heat Master hybrid , 6 Tropic Boy and 1 cherry Tomato plants. Dug a 8 inch deep hole, in it added one teaspoon of slow release Fertiliser, one tea spoonful of Epsom salt in each hole put the seedlings in the hole, made a like a ball around the plants and watered gently.
A week earlier mixed top soil and cow manure, drenched the soil with Aliette.I hope this time plants will do well.
Would post an image soon.
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