TigerZero said:All my past tomato growing experience have been with tomatoes like the Celebrity or Bestboy variety. This year is my first attempt at the Cherokee Purple variety. I bought a greenhouse produced plant of the Cherokee. I had read it had a long maturing rate and wanted them mature around late July.. But disaster struck. Something nibbled the top leaves and blossoms off. I did have one from that plant already developing and picked it in mid July. The same disaster hit the Celebrity next to it. Nibbled. I took measures to protect the plants, They both recovered spectacularly. But!!!! It's mid September and they are a lot of tomatoes still green.
I can see the development has slowed a lot due to the change of season here in Va. Some of the tomatoes on both plants started changing color from full green a week ago. I'm mostly concerned with the Cherokee Purple. It is not following what I see in pictures. My instincts told me to pull the few small ones now. The colors on them range from a dark green at the tops to a sort of dark brown/green/red over the rest. I think they need to rest on the counter for several day to ripen more.
If you could post a pic of a Cherokee that is on the plant ripe to pick would be a big help. I'll try to post a pic of the ones I pulled next to a standard red tomato for reference.
DaisyI said:They look a little green. How do they feel? Ripe tomatoes have some give, not hard as a rock.
DaisyI said:How do you pick tomatoes out at the grocery?
gardenfish said:Pai Mei, pick that tomato now and leave it on your kitchen table for a day or two, then give it the squeeze test. The time to pick is right now, that's a good looking tomato!
I just kinda walk on past them and don't bother with them - they have no taste regardless of what they look or feel like! :D
DaisyI said:You will have to do some experimenting then.
gardenfish said:Not too shabby! Excellent!