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It pays to leave them if you can, but it also depends on where they are growing and weather conditions, as to how big they will get. I picked some really nice blacks today that I had left 10 days ago. They were no bigger than my thumb, and pale brown at the time. Today, even know it has been cool the last week or so, they were exceptionally bigger and prime. The soil.... deep dark loamy type, is what they like and we've had enough moisture to allow them to gain size....even with the cool temps. Other areas the blacks were starting to get brittle and were half the size of those bigger ones i picked.
My rule of thumb on blacks is that no matter the size, if the top is jet black, they are at or near maturity and aren't likely to gain much more size....pale, to brown, they still have some time left and leave em if possible.
 
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