Further Information: Tomato Plants
Where to grow? – Indoor varieties of tomato plants clearly need a greenhouse. Outdoor varieties welcome a sheltered sunny spot in rich fertile soil.
How to grow? – All tomato plants have 3 key requirements – sun, water and feeding. Water regularly and once flowers form feed weekly using tomato feed. Bush varieties can be left to their own devices but the taller cordon varieties will need some support. Cordon varieties also need any side shoots pinching out. Do this carefully when they are about 3cm long. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves from the tomato plant.
Whenever possible increase ventilation by leaving the greenhouse door open.
For comprehensive growing instructions for grafted tomatoes see our Grafted Tomato Plants Growing Guide.
When to harvest? – When they are ripe and fully coloured pick the fruits as required. Leave the calyx still attached. Texture and taste can be adversely affected by cold temperatures so don’t store tomatoes in the fridge.
How to eat? – A whole book is required to detail the different ways in which tomatoes can be cooked. Basil, olives and cheese are natural companions but tomatoes also belong in soups, with pasta, in tarts, in chutneys and homemade tomato ketchup is just gorgeous.