Plant Database forum: N/A for flower time?

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 3, 2017 10:52 AM CST
I ran into an oddity today. I pulled up generic Tomatillo and found "N/A as it is an annual fruit" under the Flower Time entry. Why would it matter, at all, if the plant is an annual fruit? It still flowers. Should I just submit a correction to change the flowering time to "Spring" and delete the extraneous 'Other' comment? Do other annual fruits have this same entry? Is there a reason for it that I am just missing? I pulled up a random tomato to check and found 'Varies greatly...' under the bloom time. Perhaps that is a better description?
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 14, 2017 11:55 PM CST
I can't speak for tomatillo or tomato bloom times but would like to point out that many fruits/veggies grown as annuals can be planted at any time where the climate is mild enough, and will flower at their age of sexual maturity, regardless of the season. For example many/most of the tomatoes sold during the off season in the US come from mild Baja California.

In that case flowering time could be any time, potentially year round, or maybe "varies", but not a fixed season. I would think those options or something similar would be more descriptive than the N/A you encountered.
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Calif_Sue
Jun 14, 2017 11:58 PM CST

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I would just submit a correction.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jun 15, 2017 12:14 AM CST
Technically they're perennials, anyway...
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