Picking tomatoes

Hey, I have a tomato plant that has about 5 green tomatoes on it. On of the tomatoes is bigger than a grape do I need to pick it or shall I leave it until it's red


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,606

    Leave, leave, leave! Wait until it's red. It won't ripen if it's green.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • thought as much, but my partner stuck her noise in and said to pick it, what does she know. 



  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 677

    Once it starts to colour up and go yellow or orange, you can pick it and ripen it indoors if you like, but if it's green, it will probably just stay green.

  • TomskTomsk Posts: 204

    When is the right time to pick tomatoes? I've read that you can leave them too long on the vine, but I'm not sure why. Does the flavour deteriorate after they turn red or start rotting or something?

    How long after they've turned proper red should you pick them, and should you pull them off the vine or cut the whole truss in one go and leave them connected, like vine tomatoes in the supermarket?

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115
    They will come away at the first knuckle above the fruit when they are ripe. That is the joy of growing your own - ripe tomatoes.
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