I planted all of my tomato plants on March 7, in zone 7b. The first to produce ripe fruit of golf ball size was an indeterminate hybrid named "Fourth Of July". The first fruit picked was in 50 days. It was good tasting, but not spectacular. Subsequent ripe fruit have improved dramatically in taste. Photo below.
I picked the first Black Krim in 60 days. Again since it was the earliest fruit and the weather has been very mild, it was not spectacular in taste; but I expect the larger fruit on the vines to have much better flavor.
I've also picked and eaten, Big Beef, Super Fantastic, and Mountain Pride hybrids. They produced in 60 days. The Mountain Pride was a surprisingly tasty tomato with a full, deep tomato taste. I also have a Mortgage Lifter fruit setting on the kitchen counter waiting to be eaten. I've been harvesting them a little before they are red ripe on the vine because I have some Cardinals nesting in my tomato vines. If I allow the fruit to become red ripe on the vine, the Cardinals will start eating them before I can harvest them.
Ripening soon will be some very large Cherokee Purple, Brandywine, Brandywine Yellow, Pineapple, Hillbilly, Rutgers RL, and German Johnson RL.
I'm really looking forward to my Sungold F1, Black Cherry, and Jaune Flamme. They all are becoming heavy with fruit, but not quite ripe.
This has been an outstanding spring climate for Tomatoes. We started in March with a drought and a few hot days in late March. The sunny days have produced average temps in the mid eighties with nights dipping into the mid fifties and sixties. Since March, we have received significant rainfall almost on a weekly basis. The tomatoes have responded with rapid growth, heavy blooming, and heavy fruiting. I should be picking tomatoes in the doldrums of summer which pollinated in the perfect weather of mid may.
Last edited by tedln
on Sat May 21, 2011 4:34 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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