There’s nothing more satisfying than biting into a tasty home-grown tomato on a summer's day!
If you are new to growing tomatoes, then a bush variety may be the best choice, as they do not need to have the side shoots removed and so are less labour intensive. They are compact growing and ideal for growing in or outside in pots, in the vegetable garden, or in growing bags.
Sow greenhouse tomatoes from January for an early crop.
Outdoor tomatoes should be sown in April and May, so that they are the correct size for planting out after the late frosts.
We recommend growing using our Gro-Sure Sow Smart, to make growing from seed really easy!
Remove lid and fill with water. Place the tray (including the compost plugs) in the water. Watch your plugs as they change in colour and absorb the water. Once the seeds have absorbed the water, remove the stickers. Loosely place the lid back on and pour away any excess water. Place on a sunny windowsill
Remove the lid when you see your seeds start to germinate. If you are lucky enough to have two seedlings germinate in your plug, carefully remove one. Water plugs if they have dried out. Watch as your seedlings continue to grow
At 10 – 15cm tall, plant outside with our Gro-Sure Tomato Planter. Place outside in a sunny position when all danger of frost has passed. Stake the plants and tie in the main stem as they develop.
Keep well watered.
When the first small green tomatoes appear on the side shoots (these are called trusses), start feeding the plants.
Feed regularly with Gro-Sure Tomato Food to give your tomatoes all the nutrients they need.
Allow up to five trusses to form on outdoor tomatoes. Anymore are unlikely to ripen outside before the first frosts.
When the fifth truss has formed, pinch out the top of the growing shoot (the main stem) to divert all the plant’s energy into swelling and ripen the fruits.
When the tomatoes have developed, pull some of the leaves around the fruits off to allow lots of sunlight through (just a few!).