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Plant of the Month October - Tomatoes

Plant of the Month October - Tomatoes

Freshly picked tomatoes taste delicious, are relatively easy to grow, and there are a huge range of interesting and tasty varieties to choose from. And whether you’ve got acres of space or you’ve only room for a single pot, they’re worth growing to ensure you don’t miss out on eating the tasty, freshly picked tomatoes that you grew yourself.

OUR TOP 6 VARIETIES

 

Sweet 100

Sweet 100

Size: 1.8m +
Popular, prolific modern hybrid variety  with deliciously sweet and tasty cherry tomato.

Moneymaker

Moneymaker

Size: 1.8m +
Popular english variety that was released in 1913. Tall, vigorous plant that produces an abundance of perfectly round medium tomatoes.

Tumbling Red

Tumbling Red

Size: 0.3 x 0.3m
Disease resistant dwarf variety that produces masses of small, bright red cherry sized tomatoes on tumbling foliage. Perfect for container growing.

Sugargold

Sugargold

Size: 1.8m +
New hybrid that produces an abundance of delicious tomatoes with a lovely old fashioned flavour.

Cherramellow

Cherramellow

Size: 1.8m +
New available variety that produces masses of deliciously sweet  yellow cherry tomatoes.

Velvet

Velvet

Size: 1.8m +
New hybrid that produces masses of delicious, sweet and crunchy tomatoes.

GROWING TIPS

SELECTING YOUR PLANTS

Growing multiple varieties is a great way to figure out which tomatoes are your favourite, and help ensure that you get a great crop of tomatoes that are perfect to use in a wide array of situations.
 
Many of our favourite varieties are available as Grafted Tomatoes. Grafted tomatoes tend to grow quicker, fruit more prolifically, and are more disease resistant.
 

POSITION

Grows best in free-draining soil, in full sun.
 
Avoid planting tomatoes in the same spot year after year as this can increase the risk of pest and disease problems.
 

PLANTING

In the ground
Fork the soil and remove all weeds.
Lightly mix compost and sheep pellets in with your soil.
Leave 45-60cm between plants (for most varieties).
Carefully plant and put a stake no smaller than 1.8m by each plant.   
Water seedlings in gently.
 
In pots
Plant larger varieties in a decent sized pot (no smaller than 10L), smaller varieties like Tumbling Red can be planted into slightly smaller pots and even hanging baskets.
Use Kings Container Mix as your potting mix.
Remember to water and feed more regularly as pots will dry out faster and lose more nutrients.
 

CARE

To improve airflow around your plants, which will help keep them disease free, remove laterals on a dry sunny day (laterals are growing tips that come out from between main stem and leaves).
 

Care

FEEDING

Feed regularly with Kings Liquid Tomato food every 2-3 weeks, or for a natural option use King's Ocean Grow.

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