Life cycle of a tomato

by wrinkler on June 16, 2009

tomatoArnold is bearing fruit.

It takes about 28 days for a husky pseudo-Austrian tomato plant to put out one of these. (If you planted the Early Girl variety, which we did. Arnold and Chaz Bono could start a support group.)

And it takes another 45 days for it to turn red. We could have tomatos in our salads by the 1st of August.

Of course, the 45 day projection is deeply flawed. It assumes the presence of warm weather, which comes from the sun.

We live in Oregon, where summer is more ‘not freezing’ than ‘warm.’ As I write, I’m wearing shorts, a long-sleeved shirt, and a sweater.

We should have ripe tomatos by November.

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Carol Routh 06.16.09 at 9:45 am

i love it that you named your early girl ‘arnold’ — perfect!
but, thanks to you now i feel the need to name MY tomato plants. i am soooo not clever like you are. thank god i have only four.

Grace 06.16.09 at 10:40 am

Hey, your tomato looks bigger than my tomato, and I live in southern California where it’s at least supposed to be sunny.

Of course, this is June, which means June Gloom prevails: the overcast layer that comes off the ocean overnight and hangs around … and hangs around … and hangs around … sometimes all day, sometimes just till noon.

Still, there are tomatos. Shall we have a tomato race?

wrinkler 06.16.09 at 3:15 pm

I only named Arnold and Danny in the front yard. There are three more in the back. But now that you bring it up, I think I’ll call them Larry, Curly, and Moe.

I was only about three inches away from the tomato. But, hey, let’s race!


CS 07.17.09 at 9:15 pm

I’m with you…….same deal here south of Portland, OR about 2 hrs. and I picked all my green tomatoes (skads) late summer and they ripened in the house into late November.

I have found that the Early Girl don’t produce early in Oregon……….Celebrity is very productive…..with a little over mid sized tomatoes, but again, they need lots of warm sunshine and warm nights (over 50 which we often do not have). This year I have Big Boy started from seed, and they are taking their sweet time as well……I have them in storage bins (potted) outside and in controlled environment w/ loads of foliage and few flowers. I prune the shade leaves weekly.