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Old 07-21-2018, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Every place I've lived has been has been a challenge: rocks, clay, poor soil. When I've lived in a place long enough, I've noted that it took just about five years to get things just right.
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Old 07-22-2018, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I have a C Purple too, yet to get a ripe one but hoping soon.
It's gotten 71/2 ft tall! I used a topical fertilizer for vegetables...Miracle Gro.

chlorine, I'm told, is a bad ingredient to have....calcium is a needed additive...and not a lot of nitrogen, as you don't want energy going to leaves but to fruit. I grew mine in pots so it's easy to get soil and fertilizers just right.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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My tomato plant, Cherokee purple, has yet to get to the ripening stage...I'm so impatient.
had to toss the first few due to blossom end rot but now the existing fruits look good, just green...

Guess it's going to be Aug. before I pick a red one.

Has it taken that long for anyone else...August, for first ripe ones?
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Next year I'll add in more compost and nutrients to our adobe clay soil as I've been somewhat disappointed in the taste of the Girls and the Paste.:
Unfortunately Early Girl's virtue is its earliness, not its flavor. I wouldn't expect it to improve much next year even with additional soil amendments. You'll be better off just swapping it out in favor of a more flavorful red tomato variety.
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Old 07-26-2018, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Has it taken that long for anyone else...August, for first ripe ones?
It's always been late July/early August for me. Tomato season just isn't long enough!
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Old 07-26-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"Has it taken that long for anyone else...August, for first ripe ones?" last year was May 20, this year, May 30....got a later start.

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Old 07-26-2018, 06:02 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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This year it was July 25th but after all, I BOUGHT a plant and didn't plant them from seed. It's sort of cheating but when I plant from seed I don't have tomatoes until late August. By that time I don't even really want them anymore because I've had so many from the farm stands.
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Old 07-26-2018, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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This year it was July 25th but after all, I BOUGHT a plant and didn't plant them from seed. It's sort of cheating but when I plant from seed I don't have tomatoes until late August. By that time I don't even really want them anymore because I've had so many from the farm stands.
I actually bought this one too...that's why I was wondering just when they'll be red!
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Old 07-26-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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I actually bought this one too...that's why I was wondering just when they'll be red!
I had recently added more Miracle Gro tomato fertilizer AND it did turn hot out. Tomatoes like hot weather. AND when I first bought the plant it already had little tomatoes on it. The variety is Celebrity. When I buy early boy/girl, they are not early at all. So there are multiple reasons why I got a tomato and I don't know the right answer. But be patient because I thought mine would NEVER get red.

Once it started to get very slightly off-green in color, it only took about 2 days to be perfectly ripe. So you could still have a tomato very soon.
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:56 PM
 
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Took the first batch to the Farmers Market. I could have had some last week, but we didn't set up at the market last week, so this was my first week with them. They get a lot of attention with all their different colors. I only brought home 2 baskets of big tomatoes, but lots of little tomatoes, those are less popular.
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