Fig. 1 Harvest ('Sun Gold' and 'Super Fantastic' - September 18,2013)
Today my husband brought in these tomatoes from the garden. They are still producing and the fruits are still sweet and juicy. Here in our area, as long as we continue to tend to these indeterminate tomatoes, we can expect to have fresh tomatoes until early November or Thanksgiving depending on the weather.
Fig. 2 Super Fantastic showing flower buds as of September 18, 2013
As seen on the growing tips of the indeterminate 'Super Fantastic' tomatoes (Fig 2) flowering continues even as we approach the end of summer. In fact, they will continue to flower until the temperature gets too cold. (Determinate tomato varieties, on the other hand, will cease to flower in spite of favorable growing conditions.) At some point however, even when the flowers set, low temperature will hinder the fruits from growing into reasonable-size tomatoes as they will also fail to ripen. This is the reason for fried green-tomatoes in my kitchen.
Fig. 3 Beautiful fruit set
How are your tomatoes doing this month?