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Old May 26, 2007   #1
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Default A glossary of commonly used tomato culture abbreviations

After reading Thawley's post about PL and RL, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have a glossary for the folks who are new to our abbreviated language. I will get the ball rolling. Feel free to add some tomato and gardening terms that appear here on the forum.

DTM - days to maturity - This is the number that you see on seed packs indicating how long (on average) it takes from the time you transplant into the garden until you have ripe fruit. I suppose it is one way of comparing the earliness or lateness of varieties but I have found it pretty much meaningless. I have had tomatoes with a DTM of 85 days come in at 50 and vice versa.

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