We are growing 15 varieties this year – more than ever: something for everyone. Alas, two old favourites are missing: Gardener’s Delight and Tumbler. There is simply no seed available this year, so you are unlikely to find them elsewhere either.
To replace Gardener’s Delight, we are growing Sweet Million – very similar in fruit size and habit, but with the great advantage of being blight resistant. Brix 7.
Instead of Tumbler, we are offering Cherry Falls. An exceptional early basket variety. Brix 7. We shall also have the tried and tested Maskotka.
If you are impatient for the first tomatoes of the season, it is well worth growing some basket plants to start off with. It need not be a basket – they will do well in a pot with a few flower canes for support and will crop 3-4 weeks earlier than maincrop varieties.
For outdoor cropping, we have Divinity – a blight-resistant bush variety needing only a little support. Good for patio containers. Not available with our first batch of tomatoes now, but will be available towards the end of April to be planted outside mid-May.
Whichever kind you choose, remember to keep them in their 9cm pots until you can see yellow on the first flowers. This will result in an earlier, lower first truss. Planting out earlier just results in tall leafy growth. Start feeding when the first fruit reaches the size of a marble.
Our tomatoes are now available (5th April) but MUST be placed under heated glass for now whilst the night-time temperature lows are as they are. Do not put them outside yet! Divinity is not available for another couple of weeks.
If you have any queries please email us at email@example.com or call the Nursery on 01225 862 392.
|Alicante||C||3.5||Old favourite, indoor or outdoor. Early maturing producing an excellent crop of medium sized fruits with a fine flavour|
|Black Cherry||C||7||Small, sweet fruits, with black-purple skin and dark red flesh. Wonderfully sweet and juicy flavour. indoor or outdoor.|
|Cherry Falls||Basket||7||Early maturing deep red cherry fruits variety grown best in hanging baskets or patio pots. Exceptional flavour. Replaces Tumbler & Tumbling Tom)|
|Crimson Crush F1||C||7||Large round fruit, each weighing up to 200g. Blight resistant in or outdoor Which|
|Divinity F1||B||6||Has a bushy habit and evergreen genes. Medium, round, fruit, blight resistant, Which Outdoor. Perfect for containers on the patio. Excellent yield – up to 4kg/plant (not available for another couple of weeks)|
|Floridity F1||C||9.5||Sweet red teardrop-shaped fruits borne on large multi-clusters. Cherry Plum (replaces Rosada) Crunchy texture & outstanding flavour, fleshy & juicy|
|Maskotka||B||Sweet, dwarf, cocktail variety that will thrive in small gardens and can also be grown in containers. Produces an early heavy crop of vivid red fruits|
|Moneymaker||C||3-4||Classic Heirloom variety, in or outdoor. Popular crop for commercial growers and a favourite of home gardeners.|
|Mountain Magic F1||C||6.5||Blight resistant in/outdoor. Good flavour. Which. All-purpose – slice or use as a cooker or sauce base.|
|Olivade F1||C||5||Early hybrid variety, medium attractive red plum tomato, excellent quality Which AGM. Excellent flavour & heavy cropper|
|Shirley F1||C||Glasshouse, cold-tolerant, high quality Which AGM. Large trusses of medium size fruits on strong plants.|
|Sugargloss F1||C||12||Extra sweet cherry tomato produced on double trusses. High yielding|
|Sungold F1||C||9.3||Outstanding golden-orange cherry variety. AGM. Thin-skinned fruit, ideal for salads or a snack.|
|Supersteak F1||C||5||Beefsteak variety producing jumbo fruits with excellent flavour and perfect for slicing.|
|Sweet Million F1||C||7.1||Blight resistant cherry variety, extremely hardy producing a large crop of red, moderately sweet fruit early on.|
Brix, Cordon or Bush?
The Brix value measures the sugar content in the fruit. The higher the value, then the higher the sugar content and the sweeter the fruit will taste.
Here is a general scale to provide a reference point for Brix measurements of tomatoes, with thanks to BAll Colegrave:
Brix 4-5: the majority of commercial tomatoes seem to fall into this range. Sometimes lack a distinguishing flavour.
Brix 6-7: this is where the tomato starts to really taste like a tomato
Brix 8: A denser, more intense and concentrated flavour. A noticeably good tomato.
Brix 10 +: A tremendous varietal flavour – a truly great tomato.
Cordon/indeterminate tomatoes – these varieties of the tomato plant are the most common and are grown as cordons (single stemmed plants with side shoots removed). Cordon varieties require support as they grow, using stakes.
Bush/Determinate – these varieties stop themselves naturally with a truss and then develop more trusses on the side shoots. They generally crop sooner than cordons. Easy to grow and do not require cutting or staking
Location: Our tomatoes, peppers and herbs are just inside the main greenhouse, immediately on your right.