When should I sow my Tomato Seeds?

I ask myself this question every year. The seed packets say “sow in late winter” (when’s that?) or “late January to March” (more understandable) and, in different years, I’ve tried sowing from early January through until early April. I think the answer depends upon a lot of variables some of which you can control and…… Continue reading When should I sow my Tomato Seeds?

Tomatoes: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate, Cordon or Bush: Pruning & Harvesting

Over the years I’ve been growing tomatoes, I have learned more and more about them and have a better understanding about how they behave so I thought I would write what I know about the three different growth habits of tomatoes and how to grow them. There are three different types of tomato plants: Determinate;…… Continue reading Tomatoes: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate, Cordon or Bush: Pruning & Harvesting

Should you grow Multiple Stems on Indeterminate Tomatoes?

There are essentially three different types of tomatoes, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate and Determinate. They are defined by their growth habits. In this article we are going to consider growing Indeterminate tomatoes on a non-commercial scale. Indeterminate tomatoes are usually grown in the UK as cordons.  A single stem is trained vertically upwards, either up a cane or…… Continue reading Should you grow Multiple Stems on Indeterminate Tomatoes?

Tomato Tar – Green Stains on your Towels

How do I stop green stains on towels when handling tomatoes? The problem and the solution When you handle tomato plants, you’re bound to get your hands coated with a yellow powder that causes stains on the towel even when you’ve washed your hands carefully with soap and water. The yellow powder is known as…… Continue reading Tomato Tar – Green Stains on your Towels

Tomato Plants: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate – what do they mean?

There are two (or three) different types of tomato plants: Determinate; Indeterminate; and Semi-Determinate. Determinate Determinate plants (also known as bush tomatoes) grow to a pre-determined sized and then flower and fruit over a short time (about two weeks or so). After this the plant will diminish in vigour and little new fruit will set.…… Continue reading Tomato Plants: Determinate, Indeterminate, Semi-Determinate – what do they mean?

Tomatoes – Heritage, Open Pollinated or Hybrid?

There are many (many) different varieties tomatoes. I have seen the figure 6,000 quoted and in some respects I feel this is possibly an underestimate. Tomatoes have two conflicting habits. On the one hand they cross easily (hence the large number of different varieties). On the other they are self-fertile and most varieties are unlikely…… Continue reading Tomatoes – Heritage, Open Pollinated or Hybrid?