The time has come to gradually empty the greenhouse. Thus we will tell you about things you should take into account while harvesting tomatoes.
Tomatoes that were grown in a greenhouse should be harvested on a sunny day. On a rainy or a cloudy day, despite the fact that tomatoes are located in the greenhouse, the tomato fruits are slightly damp (wet).
It is better to harvest the crop in the afternoon, when the fruits have dried.
We advise you to harvest tomatoes in soft gloves (cotton, wool, leather and similar) to protect the thin outer skin of the tomato.
Tomatoes should not be broken-off or torn-off, but cut-off instead. The safest and simplest way to do it is with scissors instead of a knife.
Tomato fruit should not be separated from its petiole, otherwise it will go bad sooner.
Place the harvested tomatoes in a box for storage. Do not place tomatoes in piles, baskets, buckets, etc., since in deep vessels the tomatoes will be damaged by pressing on each other or puncturing each other with petioles.
To ensure that tomatoes are fresh longer, place them in a box (material does not matter) in a single layer with petioles facing downwards.
Petiole cannot be too long, because it will push into the tomato.
Tomatoes should not be placed too close to each other, since it will cause them to go bad sooner.
If the tomatoes are sandy, do not wash them before storage. Washing destroys the microclimate of the tomato, which will reduce its storage time. Instead wash tomatoes before eating.