One of the things my customers ask is if a certain tomato will really be ripe in 45 days or 60 days, as per the tag. I have to be honest with them and say I can’t give a definitive answer. There are so many variables involved in growing a garden. Weather, soil temps, amount of watering and fertilizing, where did they site the plant and variety.

The biggest one is the weather, which we have no control over. Last June, it seemed like it rained avery day and was cold. That will keep plants sitting there, in the ground,  just waiting. (The only good thing about that is the plant is working on root development so that when it gets warm they have a good foundation to shoot up). I think I remember having a light frost in early June.

I’d like to change my descriptions to extra early, early, mid-season, and late season. While it’s true that a Siberia or a Fourth of July or a will produce fruit before a late season variety such as Orange Russian or a Gold Medal, I have seen some early varieties (48-60 day) that are only about 2 weeks earlier than a 70-75 day tomato.

Living in a cooler part of the US means we want tomatoes that will ripen earlier. Subarctic Plenty was developed for the troops in Greenland so they could have fresh tomatoes. Stupice is a nice tomato with good flavor and it comes from the Czech Republic. Siletz and Jetsetter are both good sized tomatoes for an early variety. Then there’s the Early Girl. It’s ok but there are some I like so much better. Ultimate Opener is earlier and was created by the same people who developed the Early Girl.

Remember that the ripening times are generally from time of transplant into the garden.

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