Big crops of sweet ‘cherry toms’, its bushy habit is ideal for all sorts of containers. Determinate.
Technically a fruit, but also Britain’s favourite summer vegetable! No surprise because nothing you buy beats the flavour of home-grown tomatoes.
Sow indoors March-April. A warm kitchen windowsill is all you need for starting these seeds. Sow thinly, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in a pot of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 7-14 days. Transplant to individual pots when 10-15cm (4-6″) tall. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into warm, well-drained soil, May-June in patio tubs or baskets, when frosts are over. Harvest: July-October.
Tip: Can be grown in a polytunnel, but are happiest outside. A tall pot is perfect as they can tumble over the edge. Support only if trusses become too heavy.