Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:50
After transplanting my vines into the soil late and then recently seeing them battered by a hail storm, the very first fruit is today not quite green anymore. I wouldn't even call it orange, but it's clearly at the very early stages of starting to go red. It's also a tomato at the bottom of the vine, two inches above the soil and part of a truss of two fruits. The trusses further up have more fruits but are still smaller and green.
I hope there's enough of the year left to get more edible fruits. In a way, I'm disappointed that such a long hot summer hasn't resulted in more fruits growing faster and turning red by now, even though I planted late.
As for the hail storm a couple of weeks ago, most of my fruits do seem to have dents, scars and other marks left by it. Some have developed small brown holes, though they continue to grow OK. I don't know if they'll be edible when they ripen. The biggest shame is that I'd only just heavily pruned the leaves the morning of the storm, so the fruits were more exposed. Perhaps if I hadn't done that, there would have been less damage. But that's life!
Does anyone else have vines that are yet to produce a ripened fruit, and is it normal for ripening tomatoes to have this speckly colour before they turn solid red?