That's odd usally it is just a twist and they come right off. Are they
fully ripe? Maybe the plant knows they aren't quite ripe yet so it
hasn't loosened the grip on them.
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, <1 mile off L.I.Sound
3rd year gardener
You are not growing one of the jointless tomatoes are you? Those were
created for commercial shippers and are "designed" so that the stem
actually pulls out of the tomato rather than separate at a joint like
You can tell by looking at the stem. Is there a natural joint or
separation point where it should break when you bend the stem?
Pulling free of the stem was an advantage to shippers because that way
there was no short stem to punch holes in the next tomato in the box.
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