I have twelve different varieties in my tomato seed box. They are all old seeds. I have just read my post from last year and my message to myself was don’t grow any tomatoes next year. However, I have sown a selection of last years seeds to test germination. They are sitting on the computer box for a little bottom heat. The photographs are of previous success for inspiration. I have sown a few varieties including Gardeners Delight, Ildi, Black Opal, Black Cherry and Tigerella.
Tomato Gardeners Delight – Cordon/Indeterminate. The true tangy flavour of tomatoes. Bite sized fruit. A greenhouse or outdoor type. High in vitamins.
Tomato Ildi – Small, sweet, yellow, pear shaped cherry tomatoes with up to 80 fruits per truss. A cordon variety that naturally stops growing at 6′.
Tomato Black Opal F1 Hybrid – A very juicy cherry variety with deep purple black fruit. Sweet with a touch of acid.
Tomato Black Cherry – An Heirloom cordon variety. still quite rare they are the only truly black cherry tomato.
Tomato Tigerella – A medium sized red fruit with green and yellow stripes.
- For greenhouse culture sow seeds late winter to early spring 1.5mm (1/16in) deep. Germination usually takes 6-14 days at 24-27C (75-80F).
- To grow outside, sow seeds in early spring and grow as above.
- Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle and plant out into growbags or pots when large enough.
- Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting outside.
- Provide support and tie in regularly. Remove side shoots as they appear and restrict the plant to one main stem.
How to sow seeds
- Fill a 3″ pot with moist compost
- Sow seeds thinly and cover with a thin layer of vermiculite
- Enclose the pot in a polythene bag
- Germination should be within two weeks and plant should be large enough to move into separate pots in about eight weeks
- When the roots start appearing through the drainage holes pot on into next size pot making sure to bury the stem as roots will grow out from the stem
- Continue to pot on until in the final pot, growbag or directly in the ground
- If the aim is to create a single stemmed plant remove side shoots from between leaf joints.
- When four sets of flowering trusses have formed pinch out the growing tip
- Water plants daily and once flowers have started to appear feed with tomato fertiliser every week
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