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tomato rripening

i am successfully growing tomatoes i was just wondering if i should pick them while they are still green or leave them to ripen on the plant i have heard that will ripen on a window sill but not sure which is best

many thanks

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,635

    At this time of year leave them to ripen on the plant - later in the season when temperatures drop you can pick them and bring them indoors to ripen - usually it's mid to late September before I do that.

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  • cornellycornelly Posts: 902

    Let them ripen on the vine, the only time I would pick them green is either to make Green Tomato Chutney or at the end of the season when the chances of ripening are slim, tomatoes should now ripen without difficulty, ours are doing very well, been picking indoor grown for a week or so, outdoor varieties will be a few weeks yet, ready when the indoor tomatoes are over.

  • thank you mine are outside on the balcony which is very sunny and warm so i guess i will see them ripen soon ? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,635

    They will start to turn a paler green first, that's the first sign of ripening, then they will start developing colour.

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