A member of the nightshade family it is classed as a fruit but usually used as a vegetable. The plants produce an abundance of fruit in all shapes and sizes.
Sow Indoors / Plant Out
J F M A M J J A S O N D Sow Indoors Plant Out Harvest
How To Grow
Easy to grow from seed in a warm, sheltered spot. Greenhouses and polytunnels offer the best conditions for producing tomatoes but they can also be grown indoors or outdoors. There are some varieties bred especially for containers and hanging baskets. Sow seeds in early spring if growing outdoors or late winter if using a greenhouse.Tie the main stem to a vertical bamboo cane or wind it up a well-anchored but slack sturdy string. Those grown as bush or hanging basket types do not need support.Remove the sideshoots regularly when they are about 2.5cm long. Those grown as bush or hanging basket types do not need to have sideshoots removed.Water regularly to keep the soil/compost evenly moist. Feed every 10-14 days with a balanced liquid fertiliser. Remove yellowing leaves below developing fruit trusses.
How/When To Harvesting
Start picking when the fruit is ripe and fully coloured.
- Sow Depth: 4 cm
- Spacing Between Rows: 60 cm
- Spacing Along Row: 45 cm
- Number plants per Square Foot: 1