Tomatoes

 

Greenhouse Tomatoes

Sow December to January for heated greenhouse or February to March for cold greenhouse. A minimum night time temperature of 10°C (50°F) will be necessary. Plant out finally in 23cm (9 ") pots or growbags during February and March (heated) or end of April to May for unheated greenhouse. There are a myriad of problems possible, but good cultural methods and quick remedial action are the best weapons.

Outdoor Tomatoes

Sow seeds in greenhouse end of March to April, harden off and plant out under cloches mid-May or in open ground end of May to early June. Plants should be at least 45cm apart in rows 75cm apart and staked firmly if necessary. Outdoor tomatoes will do best against a south facing wall sheltered from strong winds. There should be plenty of humus in the soil as tomatoes are hungry plants. Growbags are both popular and easy to use once you master the watering and are a good alternative to open soil. Outdoor tomatoes are much less prone to disease and pests than greenhouse grown crops, but still need regular watering and feeding to achieve best results.

After Care

To assist fruit set mist spray with water, except during dull, cool weather. These operations are best carried out around midday, but do not spray foliage under strong, direct sunlight or scorching may occur. When the first fruits have set, commence feeding with a proprietary high potash, tomato, fertiliser. Ensure plants are kept adequately moist, particularly during flowering and fruiting periods. Avoid alternating dry and over wet conditions, aim to keep plants evenly moist.

RED

SHIRLEY F1 Hybrid
Produces large trusses of quality fruit in the greenhouse. Good resistance to TMV.

VANESSA F1 Hybrid
A firm fleshed, greenback free tomato, which produces good-sized, juicy fruits of excellent flavour. Stores well and can be used for ripening on the vine. Can be grown indoors or outside with protection and is resistant to Tomato Mosaic Virus.

BIG BOY
Standard beefsteak tomato. High yields of very large fruit. For greenhouse only.

ALICANTE
Probably the most popular amateur grown tomato. Early greenback free fruit of excellent quality. Suitable for cold glasshouse or outdoor culture.

SUPER SUNCHERRY F1 Hybrid
A vigorous growing and highly productive cherry tomato producing large multicluster trusses of attractive fruit. Very sweet flavour and strong resistance to fruit splitting. Plants can be successfully grown indoors or out. Good resistance to fusarium wilt and TMV.

GARDENERS DELIGHT
Extremely fine flavour, heavy crop of small tomatoes produced on long trusses.

MONEYMAKER
An old favourite, still widely grown under glass and in the open air, excellent flavour.

ROMA IMPROVED VF
Excellent plum tomato with distinctive flavour. Almost seedless the thick flesh is ideal for soups and sauces.

TORNADO F1 Hybrid
Highly productive, self determinate (no need to pinch out side shoots) bush variety. Early to fruit with a long fruiting season. Very sweet fruit. Good disease resistance.

MINI CHARM F1 Hybrid
A grape sized baby plum 10g (1/3oz), It can be picked in clusters or separately. Mini Charmhas a very sweet and lovely taste and it is extremely juicy. Plants have an open habit and strong vigour.

FLORIDITY
A mid plum type noted for its unusual shape. Fruits are red and glossy in appearance and weigh approximately 15g (1/2oz) with few seeds. Fine flavour and excellent resistance to splitting and tolerance to Fusarium.

SWEET OLIVE F1 Hybrid
(Formerly TZ101) An outdoor, semi-determinate variety. Produces clusters of bright red,crunchy and sweet baby plum tomatoes, each weighing 15g (1/2oz), they do not split easily. Will require staking and minimal pruning.

TINY TIM
Very compact habit ideal for baskets and containers as well as growbags and open ground. Masses of small ‘cherry type’ fruits are produced over a long period. This is an indeterminate variety, however you may wish to ‘pinch out’ to keep plant to size required.

YELLOW-ORANGE

GOLDEN SUNRISE
Grow this variety for its excellent and distinctive flavour as well as its golden-yellow colour.

SUN BABY
A yellow cherry-type tomato producing large quantities of highly flavoured small fruit.

GOLDEN CHERRY
Orange fruited with outstanding flavour. Resists splitting well, good disease resistance.

CARO RICH
A large beefsteak. Orange fruits with a level of vitamin A ten times higher than in most tomatoes. Very nice sweet flavour. Good productivity. Fruits 120-150g (4-6oz).

PINK-PURPLE-BLACK

PINK BRANDY WINE
One of the best flavoured varieties available. Large, pink skinned fruit with deep red flesh.

BLACK RUSSIAN
Deep purple/black skin with dark flesh, may not look appealing but don’t be put off - the flavour is outstanding.

GREEN

GREEN ZEBRA
A magnificent striped variety, yellow and light green. The flesh is emerald green and very sweet, best grown undercover.

WHITE

WHITE WONDER
White skin and flesh, which ripens to cream. A large, vigorous plant with 5cm (2") fruit. Exceptionally sweet.

MULTI-COLOURED

PINEAPPLE (ANANAS)
Large 13cm (5") yellow/red striped beefsteak tomato with a rich, fruity and sweet flavour.

TIGERELLA
Red and yellow streaked cordon, which is very pretty and has a fantastic flavour.