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First Tomatoes

Post  timwardell on 5/25/2010, 3:17 pm

Today I ate the first vine ripened tomatoes from my SFG. Only 3 cherry sized Yellow Plumb toms, but they were yummy! At the moment 7 of my 11 plants have set fruit.

...on a related note, how exactly does one tell when a Green Zebra tomato is ripe? I mean, it's green after all. :suspect: I've attempted to grow them in the past but they never set fruit. Now I have 2 that are covered in them.
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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/25/2010, 3:27 pm

Congrats !!! I have yellow cherry tomatoes and they were transplants, but I had 3 ripen to share Smile It was nice to have it right off the plant Smile I like to think of the first ones we get as the "encouragement produce", like gambling just enough to keep me hooked.
Im definitely hooked. SFG anonymous ?
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p.s. and yes to the zebra question, I may have one in my lot of tomatoes Smile My neighbor started so many tomatoes and lost an idea what some were. Im ok with that I got free plants from a friend and a surprise too ! So in case I have a green zebra Im looking forward to the answer and will put that on my list of maters if I dont.
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Post  Weed 'em and Reap on 5/31/2010, 10:02 am

I have never grown Green Zebra Tomatoes before, but I was just reading the seed catalog last night and I remembered reading how to tell when they are ripe:
Quote from Johnny's Seed Catalog: "...ripe just as the green fruit develops a yellow blush, accentuating the darker green stripes."
Hope this helps!
By the way, this is my first post on the SFG forums! I am a 2nd-year SFG gardener! :-)
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Post  timwardell on 5/31/2010, 8:33 pm

Thanks for the tip Read'em. It helps. I went ahead and picked one today to "find out" if it was ripe. Nope. Now I'll wait until I see that yellow blush.
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Post  Shoda on 5/31/2010, 11:05 pm

Does the "yellowing" apply to all green tomatoes? My kids planted a German green. I was wondering that myself.
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