[url=https://www.tomatosite.com/index.php?NT=Cultivation&RE=Truss_Timeline]Here is a timeline for a truss of Big Beef tomatoes (click).[/url]
(I'm always a little disappointed
that the photographer allowed the fruit to become overripe but it is all in the interest of science, I suppose.)
Sheila, what the photographs show is that there is about 45 days between pollination and a ripe tomato. You can see that there isn't much difference between the look of a bud that has lost its flower after pollination and a bud before a flower opens. I'd need a magnifying glass - still, there is a time difference of nearly 2 weeks! It isn't as tho' I'm around every day and checking every plant so that I really know when pollination has occurred.
Last year about this time (I made note of it on 8/15), I was convinced
that new-to-me Dagma's Perfection was going to be a near total bust. There appeared to be no more than 1 or 2 developing fruits on each plant. On 9/12, I began picking fruit off those plants. By 9/26, I had entirely changed my mind about the ability of Dagma's to produce in my garden! In about 40 days, those plants had gone from about nothing
to being covered with ripe tomatoes!
Fortunately, fortunately, fortunately - we had a late frost in 2011. I'm hoping for a similar result in 2012. So far, I wouldn't have been able to overfill my hat with what I've harvested from 60+ tomato plants of 20+ varieties. Some of those varieties have come thru for me for many years. If it freezes the 1st of September, I'm sunk . . . but, I'm hoping & expecting better.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks