- Black Russian
- Mortgage Lifter
- Principe Borghese
I am growing these from the seeds I collected from my plants last year.
This year I have also planted seeds of:
- Rouge de Marmande
- Roma San Marzano
- Beams Yellow Pear
and a Beams Yellow Pear plant to try to get a head start on the season.
- Plants should be in the ground (weeks ago) NOW
- It is recommended to add broken egg shells to the hole you plant the plant into to allow for a good calcium supply to help prevent blossom end rot. Shells can also be sprinkled around the plant as it grows. This is said to result in slower absorption.
- Plant in the garden once the frosts have passed. Allow at least 50 cm between plants space between plants and it is recommended that rows are about 1 meter apart. I have failed to follow this particular guideline in my garden….
- Seeds germinate at soil temperatures from 18 degrees
- Plant basil and/or parsley as a companion
- Avoid planting where potatoes have been recently grown
- Tomatoes can be grown in pots but they will require frequent watering and fertilising. Plus a very good quality soil
- Water regularly, but do not over-water as this will dilute the flavour. Wait until the soil is dry to water
- Don’t plant in the same place each year
- Remove laterals to encourage strong healthy growth and less busy plants. For instructions on how to do this you can read my post here.
- A lateral is the shoot that grows between the main stem and a leaf
- Ensure that there is only one main stem for each plant, remove extras when the plant is young
- Stake your plants to provide support and keep the fruit from rotting on the ground and being eaten by snails. Secure the stem with soft cloth, old stockings, or soft ties
- Remove any leaves at the base of the plant that are yellowing and any that are showing signs of mould under the leaves
- Tomatoes prefer – good drainage, full sun, or partial sun – although in the tropics there are numerous tomatoes that will not grow well – for more details click here
- Do not water the plants from overhead. Water at the base of the plants to avoid fungal diseases
- Fertilise with a general organic fertiliser, or plant based potash fertiliser if you have sandy soil. I generally fertilise when the plants start to flower, ready to fruit and again when they have been fruiting for a month
- Mulch around the base of the plant to assist with water retention once the plants are established
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