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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
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Default Past blush toward full color.

I know they are in containers, but figured there would be more people to share with here. Maximum growth rates now with cool nights and warm sunny dry days. Plants are topping cages, and Indian Stripe PL, and Rutgers are turning. Didn't get an April tomato this year, but got blush on May 1. Don't be too jealous, it will all be over in 2 months barring a miracle fighting disease and bugs. 90/90 with rain daily is a tough combo. Have been pruning daily to keep foliage sparse for good air flow, and easier spraying.
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That ISPL can be fast. Another that is frequently early is Pruden's Purple especially if the weather is hotter than usual. It looks like my first one might be JD's Special C Tex as it has the largest fruit by far but I still have a few weeks before I think I will see anything large enough to start blushing. My slicing knife is ready and I just bought some dry cured bacon and with some homemade sourdough bread I think I'll be able to find a use for those first fruits of the year.

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Those look wonderful. You will be enjoying fresh tomatoes very soon.
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That ISPL can be fast. Another that is frequently early is Pruden's Purple especially if the weather is hotter than usual. It looks like my first one might be JD's Special C Tex as it has the largest fruit by far but I still have a few weeks before I think I will see anything large enough to start blushing. My slicing knife is ready and I just bought some dry cured bacon and with some homemade sourdough bread I think I'll be able to find a use for those first fruits of the year.

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You are making my mouth water. Going to be a while up here. Mine just went in the ground yesterday. But we are getting a good soaking rain as I write this. So at least it's starting off right.
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Thanks. Should be eating tomatoes in the next day or so. Ironically, just starting to see a little yellowing of some leaves too.
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Nice, Ed.
Probably I am 3 weeks bebind you. My Stupice are getting close to full size and I have some walnut size fruits on Big Beef.
Getting there.
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I'm envious of your Stupice. Have grown them every year, except this year, something happened and the plant died. It was always earliest, and would have been an April tomato for me here. Didn't get an April tomato, but had first blush on May 1. Maybe a moral victory. Ironically the yellowing of leaves I just mentioned upthread is Septoria :-/ and I've been pruning and spraying the past 2 days trying to stop it. Hoping for the best. Enjoy those Stupice.......just about the best tomato flavor for me.
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They look awesome!

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And so....... how were they?
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Those look great!
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Great! Thanks, for asking. Can't eat them as fast as they're ripening, but still no Big Beef yet. Looking for color any day now. Weather has turned wet, so doing a lot of spraying trying to stay one step ahead of the diseases.
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Oh, mouthwatering!
I have some blooming in my Chicago burbs
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It is now 60 days since I first put my tomatoes out and for the first time in many years I don't have a single fruit near the ripe stage after two months. I usually am picking at least a few around 55 to 58 days and a fair number between 60 and 65 days. I guess those cooler nights that continued up til two weeks ago really made a difference. Now it is hot and we even reached 98 a few days ago and the humidity is shooting up so ripening and diseases should follow shortly.

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No color break yet in my garden either, except the Indigos. They start blue.
But I am hoping to get some before the month of May ends.
Maybe I am pushing . I started planting out last week of March. So it is not even 60 days.
counting from sowing seeds : I sowed on Feb 1st. That is 110 days ago.
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Picked my first tomato 2 days ago and it was a Crynkovik Yugoslavian. I am letting it finish ripening on the porch so the birds don’t get a chance to peck my first one. I also have a JD’s Spcial C Tex at full blush.

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