Posted: 25/08/2016 at 00:34
Not when the fruit is ready and just needs to ripen. My plants now have little to no leaves. Remember too, some advice recently given here for ripening tomatoes was to remove them from the plant and take indoors and place a banana with them..? No leaves!
I have leaves only at the tops of my plants now and I have a glut of tomatoes with more every day from 6 plants. For me it is completely logical that air and sunlight encourages ripening... a friend nearby has a gh full of unripe...some ripe...tomatoes but has yet to remove a single leaf. I will defoliate them this weekend and feel sure she will soon have quickly ripening fruit.
we all have our different ways.....it's what makes gardening fascinating