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german johnson!!!

It is ALMOST ripe I think! it is my first one so I hope I pick it at the right moment. its pink right now... they're supposed to be a reddish pink, right?


gosh, I hope I didn't plant any green tomato varieties or forget it I'll never know when to pick it! LOL!

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You can pick them now if you like or let them ripen outside. Once they go past the blushing stage they are cut off from the sap of the plant and are not being fed any more.

Here is what they are supposed to look like from [url=https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://www.gardenmedicinals.com/store/catalog/images/tomato_german_johnson_150w.jpg&imgrefurl=https://www.gardenmedicinals.com/store/catalog/product_info.php%3Fproducts_id%3D353%26osCsid%3D58f78a&h=179&w=150&sz=22&tbnid=mTdU7fBOV_prbM:&tbnh=101&tbnw=85&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dgerman%2Bjohnson&usg=__7cHKxNjTImQ-8emjmCw9xRivsLQ=&sa=X&ei=6NpKTPbgF4GBnQenuJ3jDQ&ved=0CDAQ9QEwBw]this website[/url]

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do they ripen better on the vine? you know how they talk about "vine ripened tomatoes" and there is always a buzz to that ya know? like it is way better... so IS it way better? do they taste better being ripened in the sun?

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sheeshshe wrote:do they ripen better on the vine? you know how they talk about "vine ripened tomatoes" and there is always a buzz to that ya know? like it is way better... so IS it way better? do they taste better being ripened in the sun?
From what I have heard after the fruit blushes it IS vine ripened. As i said it is cut off from that plant at this time. The tomatoes you get in the store are "Vine Ripened" but they are picked immediately after blush to allow time for transport and more time to sit on shelves. Others are picked before blush than gassed to induce ripening.

Check out this thread it will explain in more detail what I'm saying.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=27718

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ahhh, that makes complete sense, thank you!

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I planted German Johnson tomatoes for the first time this year. They are pink tomatoes like Bradley tomatoes. I have 8 plants they do not grow large quantities of tomatoes but the tomatoes are all fairly large size. Taste is a little sweeter and less acid that Beef Steak tomatoes. They seem to be more resistant to Blight than other tomatoes. I always leave them on the vine until they are completely ripe.

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Yeah, the ones I have growing are gigantic!!

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