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Growing Tomato Plants

Published: 3rd May 2011 11:40

Growing Tomato Plants

AlicanteAlicanteTomatoes are a very easy crop to grow either in a heated greenhouse, a cold greenhouse or outside in a sheltered spot. If you are growing them in a heated greenhouse you can buy the plants from early April; you will need to wait till the middle of May if the house is unheated and early June for outside. They are best grown in gro-bags especially inside or if you are growing them outside in the soil you will need to move them about to avoid a build up of pests and diseases in the soil.

Gardeners' DelightGardeners' DelightThere are three main types of tomato for inside and out. First there are cordon varieties such as Money Maker, Alicante and Gardener's Delight these will need to have the side shoots taken out and the plant staked. Then there are bush varieties like The Amateur these do not need to have the side shoots removed. Finally there are the miniature varieties such as Totem and Tumbler usually grown in pots.

Removing Side ShootsRemoving Side
Shoots
Whether being grown inside or out the growing methods are basically the same. Cordon varieties, are best planted in gro-bags. When the first truss is just showing plant 3 or 4 per bag depending on the size of the bag and make sure that they are planted no deeper than they were in the original pots.

TumblerTumblerStake the plants with at least a 1.2m cane and tie them in as they grow. Remove any side shoots as they grow and remove the top when it gets to 4 or 5 trusses. Bush varieties should be planted the same way but do not remove the side shoots. Miniature varieties, Totem is a cordon variety that is best grow in a pot on the patio treated the same as other cordon varieties Tumbler is an unusual trailing variety grown in a hanging basket. They will all need feeding when the first truss starts to form fruit.

© Keith Hichisson, Langford Nurseries & Garden Centre

For more information, plants, seeds and advice, visit
Langford Garden Centre
Henlow Road
Langford
SG18 9SD
Tel:  01462 700791
Website: 
www.langfordgc.co.uk

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