[tomato] Signs a 'mater is ripe?

Greg Park (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Wed, 14 Jul 1999 10:01:50 -0700

Hi all,

Well, I just picked my first tomato of the year, a container grown hybrid
called Celebrity, and my oh my, now remember why I toiled for these things!
(y potted plants are up on my roof deck and I have to schlep water up there
most every day to water these babies)

My wife, who hasn't had a homegrown tomato in years thought it was
unbelievable.  I can't wait for my heirlooms to set fruit!

Good as it was, however, I wasn't sure if it was at it's peak ripeness.  I
just kind of gently pinched it and noticed it was just beginning to get
soft.  The sides of the 'mater 'gave' just a bit.

Before I pick anymore, I'd like to hear how others determine when it's time
to pick a tomato.

Do you have scientific calculations?  Star charts?  Years of experience? Or
just 'when it feels right'  :^)

Looking forward to reading how others pick 'em!

Greg Park
Santa Monica, Zone 9